Republicans Pin Blame For Flat Jobs Report On Obama

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) – A weak jobs report Friday was followed quickly by finger pointing from Republicans, who blamed President Barack Obama for enacting policies that have prevented growth and dissuaded employers from hiring.

U.S. employers created 80,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2%.

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's made remarks in New Hampshire, saying the jobs report was a "kick in the gut" and that Obama's policies were costing the country jobs.

House Speaker John Boehner slammed Obama for policies he said weren't working.

"Today's report shows the private sector clearly isn't 'doing fine' and that President Obama's policies have failed," Boehner wrote, making reference to a remark Obama made at a press conference in June.

In his statement, Boehner also criticized Senate Democrats for stalling on Republican-passed jobs bills. The House Speaker also pointed to an upcoming vote on continuing the Bush-era tax cuts, which he said needed to be extended to help small businesses grow.

"Republicans are listening to the American people and continuing to put economic growth and job creation front and center. We need the president and Senate Democrats to do the same," Boehner said.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a statement the jobs report amounted to "devastating news for the millions of Americans looking for work."

"The Obama economy is defined by chronically high unemployment," Priebus wrote. "Our country is coming out of the worst quarter of job creation in two years. ObamaCare and President Obama's other policies simply are not working and disappointed Americans are ready for a new direction."

Priebus also used Friday's report to tout the ideas put forth by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying Romney's business background would help him improve America's economy.

"Gov. Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership our economy needs," Priebus wrote. "With his successful record in business, at the Olympics, and in Massachusetts, he has a proven track record. It's time to accept President Obama's offer of a 'one-term proposition,' send Mitt Romney to the White House, and finally get America working again."

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Georgia, called the report "pretty pitiful" Friday morning on CNN.

'This is bad news for the president. But more importantly, it's really bad news for the American people," Gingrey said on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

But Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in a statement that Obama's policies, while not a "quick fix," were helping the economy turn around.

"It is critical that we continue the policies that build an economy that works for the middle class and makes us stronger and more secure as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession," Krueger said. "There are no quick fixes to the problems we face that were more than a decade in the making. President Obama has proposals to create jobs by ending tax breaks for companies to ship jobs overseas and supporting State and local governments to prevent layoffs and rehire hundreds of thousands of teachers."

Krueger also cautioned against putting too much weight on any single monthly jobs report, saying the figures could change.

"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 wrote. "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."

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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