‘jobs picture improves – a little’

Steve Benen: After a rather dismal summer, today’s new jobs report was supposed to offer an answer to a painful question: has the economy slipped back into a recession?

Expectations going into the morning were low. Neil Irwin reported yesterday, “Analysts are expecting the data to reveal continued mediocrity – 50,000 net new jobs…. And in this age of diminished expectations, a positive number in the 100,000 range … would mean a big positive surprise.”

The new jobs numbers aren’t great, but they did reach six digits: 103,000.

… In keeping with recent trends, the private sector gained 137,000 jobs in September, which certainly doesn’t sound recessionary, while the public sector lost 34,000 jobs due entirely to budget cuts at the state and local level. Republicans are eager to force more public-sector layoffs, making the jobs landscape worse on purpose, while President Obama’s American Jobs Act seeks to do the opposite.

Also note, it was slightly more encouraging to see that both of the last two months saw their numbers revised upwards, with July and August adding a combined 99,000 previously unreported jobs. Over the last year, the U.S. economy has added 1.49 million jobs overall…

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The Gavel: Today marks the 273rd day of Republican control of the House of Representatives. In 273 days, they have not passed a single bill to create jobs. Instead, House Republicans have repeatedly voted to end Medicare (while providing tax breaks to Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas), passed legislation that destroys nearly 2 million jobs (that’s 10,000 jobs lost every day), and pointlessly manufactured crisis after crisis-creating economic uncertainty and hurting small businesses and the middle class.

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Thanks Ladyhawke

30 Responses to “‘jobs picture improves – a little’”

  1. October 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    why aren’t any of the dem talking heads driving these points 24×7 ?

    Today marks the 273rd day of Republican control of the House of Representatives. In 273 days, they have not passed a single bill to create jobs. Instead, House Republicans have repeatedly voted to end Medicare (while providing tax breaks to Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas), passed legislation that destroys nearly 2 million jobs (that’s 10,000 jobs lost every day), and pointlessly manufactured crisis after crisis-creating economic uncertainty and hurting small businesses and the middle class.

    As of now, I see and hear only the president doing all the heavy lifting.

    • 2 utaustinliberal
      October 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Actually Nancy Pelosi has been holding regular press conferences hammering home the fact that republicans haven’t introduced a single jobs bill since taking control. She also sends out regular memos hammering home the above mentioned point. But you won’t hear it in the press. I think she has a link on her webpage where you can view all the hardwork she’s been doing trying to make the public stand up and take notice of the lacsadaisical attitude of the GOP regarding jobs and the American economy. LadyHawke always posts a link to the webpage.

      • 3 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

        Even with that said, why is she the only Democratic official publically speaking out on the Rethug SABOTAGE? It is not lackadaisicalness by the Teathugs it is outright intentional sabotage of the American economy to rid the nation of one person. Democrats of all stripes are mysteriously holding their tongues……..why is this? Are their hands in the cookie jar just as much as the Teapublicans? Inquiring minds want to know. Corruption is a *ITCH!! 😡

        • 4 utaustinliberal
          October 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

          Keith, she is NOT the only Democratic official speaking. Go to the Democrats website and obtain the information for yourself. Stop waiting for the mainstream media to bring the info to you because they WON’T. Steny Hoyer has been holding press conferences. Harry Reid has been holding press conferences. Chuck Schumer has been holding press conferences. John Larson has been speaking about PBO’s AJA. Dick Durbin has been speaking to the press about jobs, the republicans collective lazyness, and passing President Obama’s AJA. All you have to do is go search for the evidence. Heck that’s why the C-SPAN networks are available for the public.

          • 5 hopefruit2
            October 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

            That’s right, and Keith, I strongly urge you (and anyone else who hasn’t seen it) to watch this C-SPAN video in it’s 42- minute long entirety to see Harry Reid, Schumer, etc loudly and clearly call out the GOP’s real agenda (to defeat Obama) while sabotaging beneficial legislation and stalling the entire Senate process. Notice that not a single Republican has refuted or denied Reid’s accusation.


        • 6 anniebella
          October 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

          Everyday we should be seeing Democrats going on tv, talking about how the House Republicans haven’t done anything about jobs. Look how easy it is for them to get on tv and criticize the President (Maxine Waters), okay Dems get off your butts and go after those radical crazy Republicans. These Republicans don’t give a darn about the Americans out there struggling. Any time you can do something to help someone, but you choose to sit on the sideline and do nothing because you are more concern about politics, than people. You’re have no heart, and these brand of Tea-Republicans have no heart, and they are lead by those heartless bastard like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

          • 7 hopefruit2
            October 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

            The GOP media won’t give Democrats a platform to attack the GOP. They are only invited to cable TV if they pledge or promise to bash the President. Notice that Reid, Schumer, etc have had to call press conferences in order to get on TV, because that’s the only way they will get a word in. But there is a video on CSPAN (which won’t get any further attention in the media) with Reid rightfully identifying the GOP’s only agenda for the next 12 months – that is to do whatever is necessary to defeat the President – even if it means bringing the entire congress to a grinding halt and causing another great depression.

    • 8 halo
      October 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Because the media don’t care. Unfortunately.

      • 9 nintendowii10
        October 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

        The media only cares about bringing the President down, because they are owned by the wealthy elite that the President wants to raise taxes on. It showed yesterday at the press conference where every single question that the President got asked had some sort of negative spin or context.

    • 10 bonkers
      October 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Most Democrats are doing saying this. On the Floor. In press conferences and releases. It’s that the the small handful of MegaMedia billionaire owners PURPOSELY keep that from people. They want to sew dissent and disappointment amongst our ranks. Don’t let them get away with it. Focus on the really real enemies here.

      Fired up?!?

    • October 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

      AMK Nancy Pelosi has been great about this, but I agree every single Dem should repeat the daily count every time they are on a cable show. I tweet that every day. Today is 275 days and 20 hours

      Here is my tweet:


      • October 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

        Exactly. All dem congress critters should be holding a press conference on rotational basis every day driving this message. The msm can’t afford to miss every single one of the press conferences. They are bound to cover to them eventually. Make some controversial statements to attract attention. The rethugs do it 24×7. One Obama, One Pelosi alone won’t cut it.

        • 13 utaustinliberal
          October 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

          Amk. Read the comments up the thread and the comments down the thread. The Democrats HAVE been having press conference after press conference. Don’t malign them when they actually are doing something positive. Go to their websites and watch their press conferences. Heck go to the C-SPAN website and peruse their video library for the evidence. That’s why C-SPAN is available for the public! What you should be doing is calling out the GOP Media for not giving the Dems a platform unless one of them says something stupid against President Obama. That’s now how I want them to get on the air. There are better ways.

          Here’s a video to get you started. accusation. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/blog/?p=1142

          After you watch it in its entirety; maybe you might like to email it to the GOP Media and shame them for their lazy reporting instead of just blindly blaming them Democrats. When the Democrats are being lazy; then yes we’ll call them out. But when there are many of them doing their jobs and not getting any coverage; it is up to US to call out the GOP Media.

          • October 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

            Thanks for that info utaustinliberal. I am very happy to know the dems are staying on the message. They should keep doing it every day even if the corrupt msm is boycotting them.

      • 15 prettyfoot58
        October 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        will use you tweet

  2. 16 desertflower
    October 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Chips..you might consider putting Nancy Pelosi’s site on the blogroll…she always has great detailed info on there…..and she works “In the Crazy House”….so I would guess she’s pretty up to date on the antics…how frustrating. Thank you, Ladyhawke!

  3. 18 Linda
    October 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

    As much as I do not like this PL firebagger…he really did do a good job with this.

  4. 23 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Pass the damn bill already.

    • 24 hopefruit2
      October 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Harry Reid Tweets:

      Next week, we will vote on Obama’s jobs bill – it cuts taxes 4 mid. class, creates jobs, & asks wealthiest Americans 2 pay their fair share.” //

  5. 25 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Watching the Pipeline testimony on CSPAN. It is very powerful for NO.

  6. 26 dotster3
    October 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Looking forward to the WH visit this afternoon by the ’85 Chicago Bears Super Bowl team. Their original visit was cancelled because of the Challenger disaster. And so, because the POTUS is a hometown guy, and because he’s the nicest ever and thoughtful, he’s giving this team its long overdue recognition today. These are the Bears of the Super Bowl Shuffle fame, lots of unique characters, and it should be fun. It’s almost impossible to overstate the Bears frenzy in Chicago area that year. It was crazy, everyone was a superhappy superfan. We were all just laughing because they were so dominant, named the 2nd best team in NFL history. Lots of Chicagoans excited about today. Lots of action on twitter. I see one of the players, Otis Wilson, just tweeted that he is on the plane, they’re on their way and he expects it to be a great day.

    • 27 anniebella
      October 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

      I heard that there was one Bear who said he wasn’t coming, he doesn’t like the guy in the White House. I can’t think of his name, but no one will cry if he is not there. It is too bad Walter Payton won’t be there.

      • 28 57andFemale
        October 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        Dan Hampton — a total jerk.

        Another Bears player who says he’s probably the most conservative player on the team, tore Hampton apart for this. The article was in the Chicago Sun-Times today. That the President deserves respect, and that a celebration of the team’s accomplishment in 1985 should not be political.

        Hampton said it was so many years ago — let’s move on. The other Bears player said that Hampton makes money hawking cars because of his championship win — so should he stop taking money from the car dealership?

        It was a good article, reminding us all when Republicans used to act decently.

  7. 29 bonkers
    October 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I have never heard one single MegaMedia outlet or NPR for that matter mention this distinction regarding the jobs numbers; where Private Sector jobs are increasing quite nicely, yet the overall number gets decreased because of all the Repub-led cuts in public sector jobs. This recent report shows it and it has been true for many months now.

    It’s all designed to hurt that overall number as much as they can, and the MegaMedia gladly provides the cover-up.

  8. 30 HZ
    October 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Good Morning Chipsticks and TOD family. Thanks again Chips for our beautiful haven here. Love you for all of your hard work and also the workd of all of the contributors for the different links. You all are so appreciated by me.

    Have a great day. HZ

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