Republicans Quick to say Jobs Report Not Good Enough

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Both the White House and Republicans are weighing in on the new unemployment report. And as expected, their reactions were completely different.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better than expected jobs report Friday, with 195,000 jobs added to the economy while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.

In a statement from the White House, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers called the report continued evidence that the economy is recovering from the recession that began in 2007. "The economy has now added private sector jobs for 40 consecutive months, and a total of 7.2 million jobs has been added over that period," said Alan B. Krueger.

But Krueger pointed out that more work remains to be done. "It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class," he said. "We continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession."

The jobs report showed several other positive signs, with revised numbers from May and April both ticking up. April was originally noted to add 149,000 jobs while the revisions peg the number at 199,000. May went up from an original estimate of 175,000 jobs added to 195,000 jobs in the revised estimate.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was one of the first to weigh in on the report, expressing a measured optimism in the jobs numbers while quickly using it as a chance to lambast President Barack Obama's economic policies that he said simply aren't enough.

"America must do better. But that requires President Obama to get his priorities in order. Does he care about real job creation or not?" Priebus said in a statement. "The implementation of Obamacare isn't going to provide relief. His job-killing carbon regulations won't create jobs. And it certainly doesn't help young Americans that Democrats recently let student loan rates double."

Other Republicans also quickly used the report to criticize the Obama administration's newly announced policy to curb climate change, which they argue will unnecessarily harm business.

House Speaker John Boehner blamed Obama and Democrats for Congress's inaction that allowed college interest rates to double earlier this week. "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.

"Just look at the last few weeks: the president admits that his health care law is a drag on businesses," Boehner said in reference to the administration's decision to delay reporting requirements in the Affordable Care Act for businesses to provide their employees with health insurance.

In closing, Boehner took one last shot at laying the economic blame squarely at Obama's feet. "Imagine how many jobs would be created if the president stopped trying to expand government," he said, "and started working with Republicans on policies that create sustained economic growth and expand opportunity for all Americans."


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