Republicans slam President over jobs report
February 7th, 2014
09:25 AM ET
9 years ago

Republicans slam President over jobs report

Washington (CNN) - Republican leaders were quick to criticize President Barack Obama over the January jobs report.

"The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers.  Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner in a statement released a few minutes after the Labor Department announced the January jobs figures.

According to the report, 113,000 Jobs were added in January. That's much less than the 178,000 jobs expected by economists surveyed by But the overall unemployment level edged down from 6.7% in December to 6.6% last month. The unemployment rate has improved substantially since it peaked at 10% in 2009.

But much of the decline in unemployment level has come for a discouraging reason: some Americans are dropping out of the labor force. As of January, only 63% of Americans over age 16 participated in the labor market - meaning they either had a job or looked for one. This matches the lowest level since 1978.

"Today's jobs report underscores that there remains a real crisis for the chronically unemployed in this country. It's too hard for many to find good jobs, wages are stagnant, and it's harder to get ahead," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The Republican National Committee used the new jobs report to once again criticize Obamacare.

"America needs a larger, stronger, fully employed workforce, but there's one thing standing in the way. It's ObamaCare, and we can't afford it any longer," said RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

The White House defended their policies but said more action is needed.

"Today's report is another reminder of both the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Businesses have now added 8.5 million jobs over the last 47 months and the unemployment rate ticked down to its lowest level in more than five years. But the economy is still healing from the Great Recession and steps are still needed to expand economic opportunity," said Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement put out by the White House.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: John Boehner • RNC • unemployment
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Blah, blah, blah. Until the Republicans come up with a viable plan to improve hiring, whining about the lack of jobs means nothing. A big part of the reason the economy hasn't recovered faster is Republicans have blocked every attempt to improve it.

    February 7, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. jinx9to88

    Whats new!! The do nothing GOP slams Obama when the job report says it created 274k then they claim the report is wrong then when the report says its 115k they believe the report. Just like they only believe the CBO report when it benefits what they believe.

    February 7, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Heckuva job, Barry... heckuva job.

    February 7, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Are they still trying to fool us that their 2010 mantra of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS was a vote for me lie?
    I have come to the conclusion that bo ner has to be drunk when he stands in front of a camera and thinks that "the American people" are behind him and his teaklans.
    They just can't take it that the economy is getting better. It's always the doom and gloom four horsemen BS with these fools!

    February 7, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Avery

    The Republicans are so concern about Americans lack of jobs and people without jobs getting by til where they voted down again extending unemployment benefits. Can you say "pissing down my back and say its raining," but yet you got dummies believing them.

    February 7, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Avery

    Republicans are not for the average person, they slam job report, but yet voted down extending upemployment benefits again. Do the math people!!!

    February 7, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. ProudDem predictable. Did they miss the part where it said we had ADDED more than 100K of jobs? As to the participation rate, that has been dropping since the 1970s....and hey, guess what else has been happening since the 1970s...the population has been getting older. All those baby boomers. This isn't rocket science. Some other factors too, like manufacturing sector offshoring, but that's the main thing. We've gone from 10 to 6.6%. We've gone from LOSING 800K jobs a MONTH to years and years of 100K+ growth per month. However you want to frame things, that's pretty hard to dismiss.

    February 7, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Silence DoGood

    That latest report on ACA allowing workers to leave jobs then is good news. The jobs are not predicted to go away so other people could fill them, putting people to work. I actually think the GOP knows this and is pushing this phony outrage before the situation improves. Remember the government report said people would leave jobs NOT jobs going away. Oh God this is going to take more than 10 brain cells to follow so expect the frothing "less jobs" imbeciles to speak up. I wish only smart people would vote. Maybe like a maze or puzzle challenge on the way to the voting booth. I know – that's unconstitutional – I can dream.

    February 7, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |

    John Boehner over 40 votes to repeal Obama-Care and not one vote for Job/ Inter structure bill,introduce more bills to eliminate Federal, State and local Government jobs. Boehner it is easy to criticized when you are not doing your JOB.

    February 7, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. TONE

    The republicans were the ones who ran on jobs jobs jobs in 2010, and did the exact opposite once they got into office they brought no jobs bill to the floor, when the Democrats did they say no, now they are blaming the president because of the jobs report. I hope Americans are paying attention at what these clowns are doing. These guys have to be stupid to think that the American people are that stupid. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    February 7, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Thomas

    Would somebody please tell me what the GOP has done to help the job market ?

    The party of NO , No education , No affordable healthcare , low paying below minimum wage jobs .

    Ted Cruz / Rand Paul 2016

    True Americans , with experience ?

    February 7, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    ""Today's report is another reminder of both the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Businesses have now added 8.5 million jobs over the last 47 months and the unemployment rate ticked down to its lowest level in more than five years."
    Okay, genius... if you paint such a rosy picture, why is there a need to keep extending unemployment insurance ad infinitum?

    February 7, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Chipster

    So, in January 2009, we were losing about 700,000 per month and the unemployment rate was 10%. Now, we're gaining jobs every month and the unemployment rate is 6.6%. Just imagine what we might have achieved with just a little cooperation from Republicans in Congress. Republicans promised to work on jobs, jobs, jobs during the last election. So, what have they done to encourage jobs? Have they proposed anything related to tax credits for hiring Veterans? College graduates? People collecting unemployment? Anything? No, they're too busy wasting time on efforts to repeal Obamacare and distorting the fact that the health care law will allow about 2 million people to leave their jobs if they would prefer to retire or stay home with the children but are forced to work for health coverage. Those jobs would then be available for 2 million Americans who need those jobs and have no other options. Distorting the truth is the same as a lie.

    February 7, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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