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GOP, Democrats have different takes on jobless news

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Friday, May 2, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.

Republicans and Democrats Friday saw the April unemployment rate, the lowest since September 2008--in very different ways. And each blamed the other for things not being better.

Here's House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio: "It's welcome news that more of our friends and neighbors found work in the past month, this report also indicates more than 800,000 Americans left the workforce last month, which is troubling"

Boehner urged programs that spur economic growth.

"House Republicans have made the people’s priorities our priorities, passing jobs bill after jobs bill to expand opportunity and economic security for middle-class families," he said.

"President Obama ought to call on his Democratic-led Senate to take up the stacks of House-passed jobs measures so we can get this economy moving again.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had this take on the latest news:

"Today's report shows our economy continues to move forward, with the 50th consecutive month of private sector job growth. But too many Americans are still waiting to feel the effects of the recovery, and many more were struggling long before the recession hit.

"Congress must do more to create an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. Unfortunately, Republicans continue to stand in the way. Men and women in our country working full-time jobs are stuck raising their families in poverty,"

And, Pelosi added, "The Republican approach shows nothing but contempt and disregard for working families."

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