A variety of reactions to today's disappointing unemployment numbers:
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Chad Stone:
“Under these circumstances, policymakers should have no qualms about passing a robust jobs bill — indeed, they would be derelict not to.”
White House Economic Adviser Cristina Romer:
“The fact that the unemployment rate fell and private employment rose are obviously encouraging signs that recovery continues. At the same time, the continued high level of unemployment and the slowdown in private sector job growth emphasize the need for continuing vigilance.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:
“Today's jobs report marks another step forward for our middle class, working families, and small businesses, but it is not enough. We must do more to strengthen our private sector, support our small businesses, and keep our economy moving in the right direction.”
House Republican Leader John Boehner:
“Stagnant private sector job growth is clearly cause for concern and evidence of the struggles small businesses continue to face. A jobless recovery is not what the American people were promised.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:
"Although Americans appreciate a job of any kind these days, temporary government Census jobs are not the kind of employment that will help kick-start and sustain our economy."
-- Rebecca Delaney
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