Earlier today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. economy added a better than expected 290,000 jobs last month while also revising the jobs number for both February and March upwards. President Obama called the report “very encouraging news,” noting that it “is the largest monthly increase in four years.” The jobs number was so positive that even House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) had to admit in a statement that it was undeniably good news:
An employment report that shows job growth is always a good thing, period. What concerns me, however, is whether we are creating long-term, sustainable jobs that will help America reclaim its place as the world’s sole economic superpower. The agenda being pursued by Democrats in Washington—fueled by a spend-now, pay-later governing philosophy—is a barrier to the kind of job growth that America so desperately needs.
But Cantor’s colleagues in the House GOP leadership don’t seem to agree with him. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) released a statement declaring that “these are difficult times for America’s families and today’s unemployment report delivers even more bad news.” Though House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) acknowledged in his statement that “positive job growth is always welcome news,” his office called the jobs report “disappointing news” because the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.9 percent. White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer explained that the increased rate “was driven largely by a surge in the labor force” and “such a rise in the labor force often occurs in recoveries as workers who had dropped out of the labor force are drawn back in by improved employment opportunities.”