May jobs report: Hiring slows, unemployment rises
June 1st, 2012
08:36 AM ET
10 years ago

May jobs report: Hiring slows, unemployment rises

New York (CNNMoney) - Businesses hired far fewer workers than expected in May, throwing into doubt the strength of the economic recovery.

The unemployment rate rose to 8.2%, as people rejoined the labor force.


Filed under: Jobs • unemployment
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Pencil

    Looks like Obama fails again.

    June 1, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Captain Awesome

    Hold on a little longer, America. Help is on the way.

    Romney 2012

    June 1, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Stuffit

    Remember that the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president in our history said that if we spent a trillion dollars on the "stimulus" program that gave money to the corrupt union bosses and people who contributed to his campaign that it the unemployment rate would not rise above 8%. The hair plugged gaffing Vice President then declared the summer of 2010, the "summer of prosperity." These are the same people who are saying Romney has no experience. Do they have credibility?

    June 1, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Hurryup 2012

    how are you all liking that hopey changy thing? Obumma is a dismal failure....things will not turn around until he is gone from office

    June 1, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Heckuva job, Barry.

    June 1, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. garygramscom

    On hearing the news, the white house announced that they had discovered that when Mitt Romney was six years old, he once called his neighbors cat a name and stuck his tongue our at it.

    When asked about the very disappointing economic news, the white house reply that yes, they had indeed killed OBL.

    June 1, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. rla

    Wonder what the SPINNER in chief and his "team" will do with this one ???? Oh I know its Bush again!

    June 1, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. GI Joe

    It always ticks up when people start looking for summer jobs -– DUH.

    June 1, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    John Boehner and the GOP have never lifted a hand to help the Obama administration create jobs or save the economy but now they say they have a plan, B.S. They have always claimed the Bush era tax cuts would create jobs and that too was B.S. Remember Republicans said they were going to make sure President Obama failed no matter what it took and that isn't the American way. Rush Limbaugh said he would leave the country and he failed to keep his word.

    June 1, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Romney 2012. The Alternative Sux.

    June 1, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Many major companies are slimming down to increase profits.

    June 1, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. FInch

    It is not the responsibility of the President of the United States to create jobs. It is the role of the individual Governors to make policies that provide a favorable enviroment in their inividual states to create jobs. No President decides which jobs or businesses locate in a particular state. Hold the governors accountable for the fate of their own states – not the Commander and Chief.

    June 1, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    World is in slow, ok.

    June 1, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. T'sah from Vriginia

    ►"Unemployment climbed again according to today’s report from the BLS. The unemployment rate increased to 9.1% from 9.0% and payrolls were up a disappointing 54,000 jobs. The Wall Street Journal’s panel of economists were predicting that unemployment would decline to 8.9% and that jobs would increase by 160,000. This is the smallest job gain in a year."◄

    Do you think the above was written about today's numbers for May, 2012? Do you think the media will point out that the same thing happened last year in May, 2011??? Do you think the Republicans will point this out or EXPLOIT it and blame President Obama? WAKE UP AMERICA – The month of May is NOT, never will be or never was a month when JOBS flew off the charts and the numbers increased!!!! The markets will "freak out" for 10 seconds and the day will end fine!!!

    Obama 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!!

    June 1, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Hurryup 2012

    unemployment rises, stocks plunge........november cannot come soon enough

    June 1, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |

    Leave it up to republicans to play the blame game.

    June 1, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Anonymous

    And we can expect the typical GOBP propaganda from the cult that refuses to admit its failed economic policies created the horrible meltdown and exploding deficit. The "party of personal responsibility" refuses yet again to take responsibility for its own massive failures.

    June 1, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. kevin


    June 1, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Sydnium S. Washington, LN Comment

    And that's why people who wants less unemployment rate should and will vote for Romney. 87-13.

    June 1, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given what is going on in the world, it isn't a huge surprise. Europe isn't do all that well; the Chinese aren't letting their currence float as they should. This is just to name a few things. Since rates are low, let us spend some money to rebuild and set up the infrastructure to have safer roads and bridges, better internet connections available for all, safer, more efficient and more secure power grid, faster railroads (high speed going up and down the coasts, one in the middle and at least two to cross the country) and new air traffic control system to make the skys safer.

    June 1, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. george of the jungle

    the president has been doing everything to increase jobs. The government cuts have not helped and repos go out of their way to slow economy down. Move forward Obama 2012 Not backward with milk toast mitt

    June 1, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |