New jobs numbers not good enough, Republicans say
June 7th, 2013
09:45 AM ET
10 years ago

New jobs numbers not good enough, Republicans say

(CNN) - While Friday's new employment numbers show the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, Americans are "still waiting for the recovery President Obama promised years ago," according to the Republican National Committee's chairman.

"President Obama has given plenty of speeches about jobs, but he's done very little to support the kind of commonsense pro-growth policies Republicans have offered year after year," Reince Priebus said in a statement. "Instead, his government has been wasting precious time and money."

The new job numbers mark a slight improvement from April, when a revised 149,000 jobs were created, but still falls in line with average job growth over the last three years.

The report was stronger than expected, and stock futures headed slightly higher in premarket trading, shortly after the report was released. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had expected the report to show 158,000 jobs were added in May.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6% from 7.5% in April.

Republicans have consistently hammered the Obama administration's economic policies following the release of the monthly job numbers.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, on Friday blamed the "failed policies" of the Obama administration and Senate Democrats.

"From President Obama’s costly and intrusive takeover of health care to their seemingly unquenchable thirst to spend, Washington’s Democrats appear unwilling to accept the empirical evidence presented time and time again that demonstrates their economic approach simply isn’t working for the American people," said the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget.

The White House maintained "more work needs to be done" but argued Friday's report "provides further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression."

Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in the statement that "now is not the time for Washington to impose self-inflicted wounds on the economy."

"The Administration continues to urge Congress to replace the sequester with balanced deficit reduction, while working to put in place measures to create middle-class jobs, such as by rebuilding our roads and bridges and promoting American manufacturing," Krueger said.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Paul Steinhauser and CNNMoney’s Annalyn Kurtz contributed to this report.

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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. GOP ,witch hunters or witch doctors

    a gradual increase in employment is better than a quick increase in numbers, slow an steady increase means a soft recession when it does happen. a quick increase in employment means a quick and painful fall in employment when a recession hits.

    June 7, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Way to cherry pick Richard Noggin. Next you're going to tell us how everybody loves GWB because his approval numbers right after 9-11 were better than Obama's are now.

    June 7, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    @Donna – But Obama GOT his trillion dollar stimulus package?!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? His bogus claims are now becoming painfully clear. All that stimulus package was was a gift to his union supporters.
    Without that stimulus we would still be seeing negative numbers, not positive ones for the last 30 months. Guess you didn't know that the money was given to the states who were to use it to create jobs, however some Repub governors had other plans like using it to balance their budget. They did not use the money as it was intended therefore the number of jobs created wasn't as high as it could have been.
    You must live in a sad world as your posts are ALWAYS so negative. Are you looking for a job? Why are you so bitter?

    June 7, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Funny looking man with even funnier name. Would it be good enough if it was the war criminal #43 or your twit?
    If the sun rises tomorrow you would blame Obama. If the moon is full you would blame Obama. If Obama gave the order to kill bin laden who murdered 3,000+ he wouldn't get credit (this actually happened).
    You rethugs are so pathetic that it's gotten to the point that the trolls are speaking in congress about things that are not true and calling the president names and nobody has the cojones to tell them to go sit in the corner.
    Your party ran on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS and nothing was ever done. Your birther hatred is beind anything ever seen anywhere. You are really lucky that Obama is NOT a socialist/communist/nazi because all of you would be thrown in jail never to be heard from again. Actually, that's not such a bad idea!

    June 7, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Jersey Girl

    The Grand Obfuscation Party! Too funny if it wasn't so sad. Sad that they don't do anything to help the economy then turn around & complain that the economy is not in a better place. They don't want to help this country at all. I would call that treason, and we Americans should complain loudly that the House & Senate should not get their unearned salaries!

    June 7, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Guest

    It's amusing although disturbing that all of you idiots actually think oblabla cares about you and yours....cares about your money and knows you're too ignorant to see what will befall this nation when it runs out, and it will.

    June 7, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. PaulCat

    Vote as many republicans as possible out of office in 2014, get a new speaker of the house and only then we can really get the people work done.

    I wasn't surprise at Priebus remarks this morning.

    Boehner campaigned on creating jobs.
    Where is your jobs bill Boehner?

    Oh that's right, we can't make Obama look good. Let's keep the people at a free-fall and continue to blame Obama. They don't know any better.

    June 7, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Pete

    @Donna,here's one for you,I'd wish republicans were as enthusiastic in creating jobs,infastructure bills to help the American people and our countrys economy as they are in filibustering,obstructing everything including those jobs, infastructure bills that the president ,senate has put before them repeatedly..Remember Donna no matter how many times your party tries repealing the ACA bill you'll never get it repealed because the last signature won't ever be signed as with Pres.Obamas ..And if you want bipartisanship you'd better tell Issa and his hedgemen to get off their asses and get away from his witch hunts, hearings,committees and do something constructive besides condemning,calling everyone a liar when he himself is the biggest liar of them all and failure ta boot as a politician..Please respond because you obviously know I'm right but you'll spew some ignorent response anyway just for the hell of it won't yah Donna just trying to get the last word in intelligent or not ,pretty much the latter!!

    June 7, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    You're either very creative at putting polish on turds or an exceptional liar. I've got to admit this is the first time I've heard Pelosi's comment characterized this way. Sheeeeesh


    Then maybe it's time for you to get your news from other sources besides faux noise, drudge, and rightwing radio screaming heads.

    June 7, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair wrote:

    But Obama GOT his trillion dollar stimulus package?!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? His bogus claims are now becoming painfully clear. All that stimulus package was was a gift to his union supporters.
    Good question. Republican governers used their Stimulus funds to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses.
    Well, that really didn't happen... but wasn't Biden in charge of oversight of porkulus spending? Sounds like you're accusing him of doing a crappy job.
    Actually, that is exactly what happened. Republicans made the altruistic argument that the individual states, especially the individual governers, would know more about how to better apply the funds in their states. And so, governers were given control over how to best spend the money in their states. Most Democrats balanced their budgets or funded some construction projects if they could. Most couldn't. Most Republicans balanced their budgets and gave out tax cuts.

    June 7, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. OKfine

    "Instead, his government has been wasting precious time and money


    Wow, tell us Reince, how much time and money has the GOP cost us with 37 votes to repeal the ACA ?

    June 7, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. rs

    Republicans= the Deadend Kids

    June 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Thomas

    It's amusing although disturbing that all of you idiots actually think oblabla cares about you and yours....cares about your money and knows you're too ignorant to see what will befall this nation when it runs out, and it will.


    So you still believe GW Bush Cares ?

    Call us when you find the WMD's in Iraq , tell me again the economy was strong back in 2007 !

    Define ignorance for me , please !

    June 7, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. omeany

    Since a Republican administration tanked the economy that led to massive unemployment they really should have no comment.

    June 7, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. james

    Obama has spent trillons of dollars and more peoplenare losing their jobs everyday and that's a FACT !!!! He needs to be IMPEACHED

    June 7, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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