Democrats offer cautious optimism on jobs report; Republicans slam Obama

Democrats reacted Friday to the latest monthly jobs report with cautious optimism, while Republican leaders used the occasion to slam President Obama's economic policies, even as they acknowledged some encouraging signs in the numbers.

The U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, beating analysts' forecasts. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.6 percent.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the growth reflected in the report "tepid," though he acknowledged that there was some positive news to be found.

“There’s some good news in this report, but economic growth is still tepid, the unemployment rate is far too high and the president continues to promote policies that undermine robust job creation," Boehner said in a statement.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that the report brought "good news for a few but more disappointment for the millions who need a job. This snail’s pace of job creation isn’t good enough for our families and communities."

The White House said it the report suggests the economy took a step in the right direction.

"While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression," said White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger in a statement. "It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class, as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007."

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in a tweet that the report is an encouraging sign, but there is work that remains to be done to improve the economy.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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