Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the latest jobs report shows President Obama was wrong to close up his his jobs council.
“This is the wrong time for President Obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget,” Boehner said in a statement released less than an hour after a new report found the jobless rate ticking up to 7.9 percent.
“Month after month we see the same thing: high unemployment and even more debt. More than 12 million Americans are still unemployed, and it’s been that way for far too long. If government spending were what causes economic growth, as the president believes, then the economy today should be booming, and the unemployment rate in America should be plummeting.”
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The headline ” Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent”, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. But the number of those working (SA) was up by only 17,000, after last month 28,000. This is by far not enough for a dent in the … Continue reading »
Getting the economy to 5 percent unemployment within two years — a return to the rate that prevailed when the recession began — would require job growth of closer to 284,984 a month. There are now 12.3 million workers looking for work who cannot find it. The tally of those who are underemployed — that … Continue reading »
In the “something you didn’t know existed that is now going away” category: The president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is set to end tomorrow. It came together two years ago, to generate ideas and policies for accelerated job creation. I asked economist Gary Burtless at the Brookings Institution what he thought about the president’s … Continue reading »
President Barack Obama’s Jobs Council hit a notable milestone on Thursday: one year without an official meeting. The 26-member panel is also set to expire at the end of the month, unless Obama extends its tenure. The group, formally known as the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, last convened on Jan. 17, 2012 for … Continue reading »
During the past two weeks, President Barack Obama’s campaign has blasted Republican challenger Mitt Romney as an “outsourcer,” focusing on his career with private equity firm Bain Capital. The Romney campaign hit back on Tuesday, claiming Obama’s stimulus package failed to protect American workers and helped create jobs overseas. If Romney really wanted a juicy …Continue reading »