White House: ‘Economy is continuing to heal’

In a statement on the White House blog, Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said that Friday's jobs report "provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal." 

However, he said, the news would be even better if Congress passed an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class as well as elements of President Obama's jobs bill

Finally, there's a standard note of caution. "As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision," Krueger writes. "Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available."

The whole statement is here. In an appearance on MSNBC, Obama adviser David Plouffe declined to discuss the political ramifications of the news, saying, "I don't think we should focus on the politics today. This shows we're continuing to recover from a horrible recession." 

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