Mitt Romney, President Obama react to June unemployment report
The Department of Labor announced Friday that the U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in the month of June and the unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent. A roundup of reaction to the report from Capitol Hill and the campaign trail:
President Obama: “We’ve got to grow the economy even faster. And we’ve got to put even more people back to work. Our mission is just not to get back to where we were before the crisis. The problem is we’ve got a stalemate in Washington. This election is about how we break that stalemate.”
Mitt Romney: “The president’s policies have clearly not been successful, in reigniting this economy, in putting people back to work, in opening up manufacturing plants across the country.
“The president’s policies have not gotten America working again, and the president’s gonna have to stand up and take responsibility for it. I know he’s been planning on going across the country and celebrating what he calls ‘Forward.’ Well, forward doesn’t look a lot like forward to the millions and millions of families that are struggling today in this great country.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. America can do better, and this kick in the gut has got to end.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): “Today’s report is further evidence that Congress should be focusing on creating jobs and helping the middle class, not re-fighting old battles for political gain. Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues have decided they would rather focus their energy on political grandstanding and empty, partisan exercises that will not create a single job. As this report clearly shows, it’s time to move on and focus on jobs.
“To help spark the growth we need, the Senate will move next week to vote on a series of common-sense jobs bills, starting with a tax cut for small businesses that is designed to reward hiring and provide incentives for payroll growth. Unless Republicans are truly rooting for our economy to fail, there is simply no reason for them to oppose such common-sense jobs measures.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): “Today’s report shows the private sector clearly isn’t ‘doing fine’ and that President Obama’s policies have failed. The president bet on a failed ‘stimulus’ spending binge that led to 41 months of unemployment above 8 percent. He bet on a government takeover of health care that’s driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. He even bet taxpayer dollars on companies like Solyndra while blocking popular projects like Keystone XL that would create tens of thousands of new American jobs.
“The president needs to stop betting on his failed policies and start working with Republicans to remove government obstacles to job creation. We’ve passed more than 30 jobs bills – he should call on Senate Democrats to stop stalling them.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): “ Today’s report makes clear that we must keep working to create jobs, spur our economic growth, and restore security for our middle class.
“There is no time to waste — the American people want us to work together on jobs now. Unfortunately, Republicans are wasting more time next week on another partisan vote to repeal patients’ rights and benefits — even as Americans’ top priority remains job creation.
“It’s time for Republicans to abandon their agenda of obstruction and delay, and work with Democrats to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.”
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.): “With the private sector continuing to create jobs for the 28th consecutive month, our economic recovery continues to push forward. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning, private businesses added 84,000 jobs in June. However, this is still fewer jobs than we have recently seen created each month, and it is nowhere near where we need to be if we are to ensure quality, well-paying jobs for all Americans who seek them.
“Next week, instead of working on legislation to create jobs and grow our economy, Republicans’ misguided priorities will be on full display as they pursue yet another fruitless vote to repeal the cost-saving health reform law enacted in 2010. Their do-nothing approach to jobs, which favors confrontation over compromise, has placed a stumbling block in front of businesses desperate for Congress to restore an environment of certainty.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.): “Today’s jobs report is more than disappointing, with just 80,000 jobs created in the month of June. This crawling pace is not enough to get the millions of Americans who are unemployed back to work or provide long-term growth. We’ve seen month after month of dismal jobs numbers, college graduates unable to find employment and small business hiring stalled. The President has had three years to get the economy going again, but he has not. His policies have not worked, and we can’t afford to keep going down the same path.
House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price (Ga.): “The American people are rightfully fed up with partisan gridlock and they know more must be done to help grow our economy.”
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.): “Today’s lackluster jobs report is the latest in a string of economic data that should serve as a wake up call for President Obama and the Democrats who control Washington. As our country teeters on the brink of another recession, they are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold their health care law, which imposes billions of dollars in new taxes on struggling families and job creators. ”
Alan B. Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers:Manufacturing employment continues to expand, and manufacturers added 11,000 jobs in June. After losing millions of manufacturing jobs in the years before and during the recession, the economy has added 504,000 manufacturing jobs since January 2010--the strongest growth for any 29-month period since April 1995. Other sectors with net job increases included temporary help services (+25,200), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and wholesale trade (+8,800). Retail trade lost 5,400 jobs, government lost 4,000 jobs, and motion pictures and sound recording lost 4,200 jobs. Local governments shed 14,000 education jobs.