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Friday
May062011

House Leadership Cheers and Jeers Latest Jobs Report

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Although the government’s monthly jobs report beat economists’ expectations by adding 244,000 jobs last month, the unemployment rate actually increased from 8.8 percent to 9.0 percent -- a mixed result cheered and jeered Friday by top Congressional leadership.

Speaker of the House John Boehner noted that while “any improvement is welcome news, job growth in America is still nowhere close to what it should be.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also highlighted the positive data, and called for investments in the future to create jobs, noting “we must do more.”

“This is the time to invest in our future and America's middle class to bring down unemployment and spur our economic growth,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor also said the “announcement is good news,” while noting that it should serve as proof the government must not raise taxes.

“House Republicans are squarely focused on making Washington a partner to job creators rather than a barrier by pursuing pro-growth measures such as comprehensive reform of our tax code, reducing trade barriers, and increasing domestic energy production,” Cantor, R-Va., said. “We are taking every step possible to foster economic growth and get people back to work – and that starts by creating an environment where businesses will start hiring and America can continue to innovate, compete and lead.”

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democrats this week unveiled their Make it in America agenda, a series of bills they believe will help boost jobs in American manufacturing. Hoyer, D-Maryland, said the report was “encouraging news for our economy,” but added that “the fact remains that millions are still out of work, at a time when high gas prices are putting a strain on every American family.”

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