Slowcovery continues, feeding partisan fire on jobs
February 1st, 2013
10:24 AM ET
8 years ago

Slowcovery continues, feeding partisan fire on jobs

Washington (CNN) - Republicans are using the January unemployment report to criticize President Barack Obama's performance on creating jobs.

"Today's unemployment report shows America still desperately needs jobs. Unfortunately, President Obama has made it clear that job creation is not a top priority for his second term. Just yesterday, he officially dismissed his Jobs Council, and in his Inaugural Address last week he all but completely ignored job creation," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The RNC chairman's statement was released soon after the latest indicator that the jobs recovery continues to very slowly move forward, as the Labor Department announced that 157,000 workers were hired in January. That's less than the 196,000 jobs added in December. The unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, as 12.3 million people were counted as unemployed.

The Labor Department also released revisions to its 2012 data, showing the economy added 335,000 more jobs during the year than originally reported.

The comments from the RNC chairman were echoed by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the House Republican Conference chair.

"Far too many Americans are still out of work, and unfortunately, the Democrat majority in Washington continues to ignore the real solutions that would create more jobs," said McMorris, in a statement.

There was a different message coming out of the White House.

"While more work remains to be done, today's employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007," said Alan B. Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement.

And Krueger seemed to return fire to the Republicans, saying "today's report is a reminder of the importance of the need for Congress to act to avoid self-inflicted wounds to the economy."

The economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans, with job creating continuing to be the top economic concern.

CNN Money's Annalyn Kurtz contributed to this report

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  1. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    With 0 help from the gop trash for four years who have been fighting the recovery for their own agenda at our expence to get romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan elected ,how did that work out for you gop losers !!!!

    February 1, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans, with job creating continuing to be the top economic concern."

    Well, it is MY top economic concern. Now that Wall Street seems to have stabilized and is apparently doing just fine, perhaps our efforts would best be centered on how do we get tax dodging coporations to open their "corporations are people too, my friend" wallets and start hiring again. Just to prove that trickle down actually CAN work?

    Ah, but for American greed (at its worst), just think how productive this country could be again.

    February 1, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Babyboomer

    I find it interesting but sad that Reince Priebus doesn't bother to mention that the House majority who ran and won on "Job Creation" in 2010 have done nothing either. They wouldn't even review the President's Jobs bill so who are they to speak on this topic. There is plenty of failure to go around on this one.

    February 1, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Boo

    These Republican hypocrites slay me. It was their party that left our economy in a shambles and now they have the unmitigated gall to blame Obama because he can't fix things fast enough.

    February 1, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. fiftyfive55

    How sad,the very government that is supposed to take care of Americans first happens to be the same government that made all this outsourcing of American jobs possible.Our own government rescinded the very laws that protected OUR economy from the very forces that wish to destroy it,how sad.American labor has been scapegoated by greedy little men in powerful positions who,no matter how much,will never have enough.

    February 1, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. much thunder.little rain

    americans just want to pay there bills, save some money ,have opportunity for there childern....and you have to have a job....things are better ...but d- is not much better than a f...

    February 1, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. sifto

    Boo–democrats have been running the economy since 2005–look it up...

    February 1, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. rs

    Like the Republicans would actually support any sort of jobs bill the President of the United States might endorce. They conveniently forget that they control the House. Jobs bills made by them (you know- the mantra of the 2010 Republicans)- Zero! They're much more happy with their 36 symbolic votes ending the ACA, and play with ever more reactionay anti-abortion, anti-birth-control and fetus' rights bills.

    February 1, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. rs

    Face it voters the Republican's "job creators" (you know the 1% they lavish with tax cuts) simply didn't come through. I guess the GOP really had no plan beyond that one.

    February 1, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Captain Awesome

    What?! The economy barely has a pulse? Shocker! No worries. Obama raised taxes on the rich (along with the payroll tax for everyone) so the economy should come roaring back any minute now.

    February 1, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. rs

    Hmmm. A bad day for the GOP: More jobs; Dow over 14,000 (almost pre-Bush recession); and they're in bed with the insane NRA. A good day for high denial on their part!

    February 1, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "Republicans are using the January unemployment report to criticize President Barack Obama's performance on creating jobs."
    Someone needs to point that their track record on creating jobs is abysmal. I recall that the Bush administration promised us all sorts of "economic growth", but he didn't actually promise jobs. What he delivered at the end of two terms was an economy bleeding off 700,000 jobs per month, and stock market that had dropped from a high of !4,000 to one that was just climbing back over 7000. People who live in glass houses situated on thin ice shouldn't throw stones.

    February 1, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Ancient Texan

    rs- There is a stack of jobs bills passed by the House that is taller than Harry Reid's desk, but never brought up for a vote....guess Harry was busy working on a budget. The Dow is Global and the only place for investors to invest right now with the domestic economy in such turmoil, thus the surge. Even the Wall Street folks are apprehensive that the trend may reverse at any time.

    February 1, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Facts don't Lie

    funny when the job numbers are not so great or Wall Street is in a bear market the far right is quick to point and blame it all on Obama...yet when the job market shows steady growth albeit still slow and Wall Street is in a bull market that very same far right put's it's hands behinds it's back and whistles up at the sky. Further proof to me that many Republicans really don't want the economy to improve at least not under our current president.

    February 1, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. California Gary

    It's hard to move forward at a rapid pace when you have to drag a huge anchor (the GOP) behind you. In spite of the GOP doing their best to stop President Obama in his tracks, he, and we, have made substantial progress from where the previous president left us. If the GOP doesn't want to be part of the solution, they should at least get the heck out of the way and quit sniping from the sidelines.

    February 1, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Jake from Canada

    A couple of facts to put into the mix.

    1. The payroll tax was initially cut by Obama, now it's just gone up to it's regular rate. The tax reduction was temporary. That's not increasing the payroll tax it's bringing it back to the initial rate.

    2. The tax increase on the rich was actually a compromise. All rate deductions enacted by Bush had sunset clauses. ie: They were supposed to expire. They actually did until Obama compromised with the Republicans to set a firm rate permanently.

    You may disagree with Obama and some of his policies, or all of them, but at least make an argument that contains facts. It will give you more credibility and people are more likely to listen to you if you have an honest disagreement.

    February 1, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Charlie Daniels

    fiftyfive55 – "Government is supposed to take care of Americans" – And there lies the problem in the lib thought process. Take care of yourself.

    2008 Blame Bush, 2012 Blame House, 2016 Blame Obama,Nah Blame Bush. Your boy's own job council was just disbanded – you know, the one that would meet once a year. How did that work? When will the left take responsibiliy for their spending policies. Keep blaming the house for not wanting to waste money and increase the size of government. Sooner or later, other people's money will run out and the left will wake up.

    February 1, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. lolo

    The GOP promised jobs in 2010 but they were stuck on stupid to make President Obama a one term president now they want to complain. This party is so full of crap. Get over the lose and try doing some work. They can blame President Obama all they want, but the truth is it is their problem and their sheep are still following the nonsense. People wake up and vote these clowns out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    Yes, blame everything on the GOP while the country spins out of control under a democratic president and democratic senate who have taken spending to new heights while refusing to cut cost even though 85% of the country knows that is the problem. Zero priority to do anything about the economy or job growth. Meanwhile, People and Companies are leaving California in droves because of high taxation, which is basically under Democratic control. Socialism= high taxes, high deficits and high employment. It is raining in Washington so it must be the Republicians fault. Wake up America

    February 1, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Humm,
    I see the Anvel Chorus it at it again telling the experts how to increase jobs. If The Liberals had extended the Bush Tax Cuts for all either permentily or for at least ten years the jobs picture probably would be better. And there it that other House of Cards called Obama Care that is holding back employers from much hiring. But, it is the Republicians and Bush's fault eh? Good luck on that Job hunt.

    February 1, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Bill from GA

    When President Obama launched the Stimulus immediately after taking office, we had an awesome turnaround in the economy. The repubs cried about the money spent. Europe took the path of Austerity, and are no better off 4 years later.

    It doesn't take a genius to see which method works. And when our Stimulus funds ran dry, the repubs wanted to take the European method (Go Figure!!) of Austerity. Maybe they don' t want America's economy to improve under a Democrat.

    February 1, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Steve

    This should be the headline:
    "Inspite of all efforts by the GOP to obstruct, significant progress has been made."

    February 1, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan

    rs- There is a stack of jobs bills passed by the House that is taller than Harry Reid's desk, but never brought up for a vote....guess Harry was busy working on a budget.
    They were never meant to be "jobs bills". They were tactical votes passed by the Republican House. The content of the bills was so ideological that Harry Reid even told the House not to even waste time voting on them because they would never see the floor of the Senate.

    Repealing the Affordable Care Act is not a jobs bill, of which there at least 30 such bills that came out of the House. Almost equal number of bills were passed repealing Financial Reform. I'd bet you cannot even tell me what the content of one of these bills actually was.

    February 1, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Steve

    Oh....Priebus retained his seat...that should tell you how serious the GOP is about "Remaking the Grand Old Party"

    February 1, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Bowman

    170,000 left the workforce in January. Obama isn't interested in growth of the economy and jobs only the Entitlement state. We got what was elected and that is continued lackluster growth. If there are any thoughts of different results he should have focused on jobs but he would rather worry about campaigning and agitating those with whom he disagrees.

    February 1, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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