April 2nd, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Republicans rip new jobs figures

The U.S. economy may have picked up steam in terms of job growth in March, but Republican critics of the administration's recovery plan remain unimpressed.

The economy added 162,000 jobs last month, compared to a 14,000 job loss in February, according to the Labor Department.  That makes March only the third month with job gains since the recession began three years ago.  The national unemployment rate, however, held steady at 9.7 percent.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released a statement Friday dismissing much of March's job growth as a product of the U.S. Census Bureau's addition of 48,000 jobs for its once-in-a-decade headcount of the U.S. population.

"It is unacceptable for President Obama to declare economic success when unemployment remains at 9.7 percent and a large portion of the job growth came from temporary boost in government employment," he said.

"As Democrats grow Big Government, Americans grow weary of the strain on family budgets, job security and peace of mind.  As America's employers announce the frightening and immediate impact of the Democrat government-run healthcare experiment on their balance sheets, American workers wonder why the only place exempt from increasingly painful belt-tightening seems to be Washington, D.C."

Steele predicted that "in November, the American voters will deliver a few more pink slips - to congressional Democrats."

Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House of Representatives, conceded that "any report showing that the economy added jobs is clearly a better alternative to one showing that it lost more jobs." But, he said, Americans "must set our sights higher, our goals larger, and our actions bolder.  (We) deserve far more than the up and down, roller coaster like unemployment reports of the past few months."

Georgia GOP Rep. Tom Price, a leading House conservative, argued that while the job growth was "welcome news," the country is "yet to see the robust private sector job creation the Obama administration promised would come from its $862 billion failed stimulus."

Employers, Price claimed, "particularly small businesses, are staring at a litany of tax increases, new government mandates, and onerous regulations, all of which threatens to derail their plans for the future."

White House Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer agreed in a written statement that the U.S. labor market "remains severely distressed."  But she claimed that the March jobs figures show "continued signs of gradual labor market healing."

"Even after adjusting for the 48,000 temporary Census workers hired and a rebound effect from the February snowstorms, this number suggests an increase in underlying payroll employment," she said.

"While this is the most positive jobs report we have had in three years, there will likely be bumps in the road ahead. ... It is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.  It is essential that we continue our efforts to move in the right direction and generate steady, strong job gains."

The U.S. economy has suffered a net loss of 8.2 million jobs since the start of 2008, a month after the official start of the recession.

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  1. Johnkc

    Yeah, and the last time the republicans were in control, we were losing 500,000 jobs a month. I wish these republicans would go back and crawl in the hole they came out of. The party of the rich and well connected need to fade into the woodwork, and let our President do what he was elected to do. Eight years of the wrong policies cannot be fixed in one year, especially with the have the party of NO delaying every proposal.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill B.

    Of course the Republicans will not see it or promote it as a positive. Collectively, they will not acknowledge anything good that could happen unless it's under their watch. They are not interested in any positives; they just want to win and be in charge again after those eight wonderful years that got us to where we are now.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    HAHAH, crazy republicans

    April 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Caleb

    The GOP has nothing positive to offer. It is criticism no matter what. Damn the president no matter the cost to our country. The GOP is void of ideas. It only offers Fear, criticism and distortion. If only the GOP would put the country first instead of GOP politics.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Glenn Reynolds

    If only the GOP would put the country first instead of GOP politics.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Active Military

    @ Caleb ... Kinda sounds like the Democrats circa 2000-2008! I don't think I EVER heard them say anything positive about Gee Dub.

    At least Obama is a liberal media darling, and can do ABSOLUTELY NO WRONG. Puhleeez...

    April 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Betty Elder

    Republicans and their no regulation policy of George W Bush cause the economic turmoil we are suffering under today and yet Repubicans say they are the only ones to fix it! What is wrong with that picture?

    April 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Let me get this straight the recession started three yrs ago a people are blaming a president who has only been in office for a little over a yr. Maybe my math is bad but it doesnt add up. Quit blaming the wrong president for what the last president did(Republican)

    April 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    You know, I'm just sick and tired of the Republican platform pursuing a relentless smear campaign. They brought this country to the brink of financial destruction, put this nation in a recession, started a war without sufficient evidence or provocation and put a president in office that frankly demonstrated time and again that he couldn't find his rear end with both hands and a blueprint.

    I'm a republican and despite my concerns with the democrat strategies, Obama is doing a damn fine job and he's demonstrated unswerving resolved to actually make some changes rather than simply spew out political garbage making promises like we've observed with the republican platform for decades. Obama set out to get a healthcare plan in place and he did it. The republicans never did.

    So my message to my own party is at long last, shut up and either help or get out of the way because the only thing I've witnessed thus far by republicans is that their interests are not those of this nation but rather supression of the people in favor of the corporate empire. We've had our fill of our portfolios being stolen from us, foreclosures on a scale never before witnessed and an absolute lack of regard for a balanced budget.

    I now have to hang my head in shame that I'm republican and humbly give way to the undeniable fact that Obama is doing a great job. The republican party needs to shelve the smear campaign because less and less people are coming to believe all the lies and misdirection being employed by the GOP. I won't ever vote for another republican again until I see clear and convincing evidence of change in the party. Period.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trisha

    FIRST TIME jobless claims are down, but unemployment remains at 9.7%, even with all those new temporary census jobs. They call this "the most positive jobs report we have had in three years," We are all in serious trouble.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter Paul

    This is not the time to play politics, Mr Steele; net gain of 114,000 is very significant for Americans out there looking for jobs. It's unfair to expect the present administration to put 8.2m jobs back in 4 yrs because it's so easy to destroy something, but it takes a longer time to build it back. GOP, pls put America first and not your insatiable desire to deceive.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frustrated

    It's not the GOP. Congress needs to put the country ahead of politics. Congressmen are so concerned about looking good on CNN and maintaining their seat, they forget that they're in Congress to represent the people and improve our lives. Nothing has changes; the power remains with special interests and individuals, not with the people.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JM

    This may not be the fantastic news everyone expect but it is a start. It appears that only the GOP has now coverage and it is defeat this, defeat that. people have short memory and so far, under the Obama administration, the ship has stopped sinking.
    talk all you want, i believe that there are still a few democrats in this country. Omaba at least is doing something. an to have to listen to the GOP talk about Big spending and Big Gvt when they reached a Trillion $ deficit from a suprlus, spent 1 B$ / day on defense for 7 years and left the economy in a hole... this is simply precious. Obama is speding our way out of Gee Dub's madness.... nobody likes it but it has to be done. we are paying for the crazyness of a few Hawks that believe the world had to be converted by military force to the US gvt system and belief. let's be serious for a minute and remember that it will take several presidential terms to undo what GW did in 8 years

    April 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WithoutajobinChicago

    It is very irresponsble for the RNC to say such things.....even if 48K were employed by the goverment, what about the other 100K?..I mean, its one thing to disagree with Obama, but DAMN it, this is good news whether you're a richpublican or dumbocrat...does not matter, shut up and fix the economy....when its bad, lets all agree, but damn it when its good, lets say so as well...

    April 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobby

    Well what have the republicans done???? Nothing but whinning. Democrats aren't helping either. This happened on their watch; republician that is. Now listen. We pay all your salaries and we don't give Republicans more than Democrats or vise versa. So don't make us play Donald Trump and fire you all, but we can and will. You bring our jobs home, do right by SS, bring our troops home and guard our borders, and feed our hungry. If you don't you will be fired we don't care what party you belong to. Anyway we know why its called a party, because that's what you are doing with OUR MONEY.

    April 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
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