May 7th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Obama calls job numbers 'very encouraging'

President Obama talks about the largest monthly increase of jobs in four years.

President Barack Obama called the increase in jobs last month "very encouraging," Friday saying the numbers are "particularly heartening" in light of conditions last year when the economy was in "free fall."

A government report Friday said the economy added 290,000 jobs in April, up from a revised 230,000 jobs added in March.

"This is the largest monthly increase in four years and we created 121,000 more jobs in February and March than previously estimated. Which means we've now seen job growth for four months in a row," Obama said.

The report also includes a separate survey of households that the government uses to estimate the unemployment rate, which increased to 9.9 percent. Economists had forecast the rate would remain at the 9.7 percent rate reported for March.

"I should also note that the unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 9.7 to 9. 9. given the strength of the numbers it may seem contradictory and this is a reflection of the fact that workers who dropped out of the workforce entirely are now seeing jobs again and are now seeking jobs again, encouraged by better prospects," said the president.

He said the economic growth for the better part of a year is giving businesses "the confidence to expand and to hire new people."

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  1. HernandeUSA

    Hello, Mr P

    We went from 9.7 up to 9.9% unemployment!!!!

    Take away the temp census workers and it most likely higher then 10.0%

    May 7, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike-O

    If you take into account the people who want work but have exhausted all resources...the numbers are still staggering. Unfortunately, after you apply to every place and get turned down, the system just says that you 'dropped' out of the work force.

    Just another way to suppress the numbers.

    Still, a very good sign.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Matt S

    The reason that jobs went up but unemployment went up is that folks are quitting their junky part time jobs to try and find full time employment. Unemployment is not a good indicator of the economy – the best indicators are employment and underemployment.

    May 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Connie Godin

    #1 said it – Census workers

    May 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Josh

    Everything will come full circle... If congress decides to get tough on penalties for illegal immigration, 70-80% of american blue collar jobs might yet again be AMERICAN citizens, and in turn that would be 70-80% more of that money going into the tax system, and our nation's infrastructure... However, for that to work effectively, we also need to give larger companies some incentive for keeping their businesses within the U.S.

    We need to be pro-active retaining the jobs we HAVE as much as we need to be looking for new ones.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    Further more! I'm unsure that the adjustment to the space program is the right move at this time.

    Why use NASA the same way russia wants us to use them.. anyone that wants a space program... pays a direct amount to our national space agency which in turn gets dumped back into our infrastructure.

    Unless.... the plan is to use the program that the USAF has set up to do most of that. In which case it would seem silly for a research program such as NASA to be performing maintenance on the equipment, when we have a military program for just that type of deployment. (I will admit that i have done very little research on this topic, but my two cents is out there just in case no-one has thought this way)

    May 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Melissa

    Any one that is unemployed, go to change.org MSNBC is asking for our comments, there is a link to click on to leave a message, and tell them you are unemployed. Also change.org is planning to go to washinton, click on the different links to see if you can go and help.
    Good Luck,
    Melissa

    May 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chuck

    Lies, damn lies and statistics. The US Dept of Labor and state governments don't even want to count you once you fall off unemployment. This reported "employment increase" no doubt includes a LOT of contract work or part-time work, which does not LAST, and definitely does not include any BENEFITS. How does that count as real employment?? Our government only seems to help us by accident or coincidence - we should all fly the US flag upside down the way things are going.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
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