Mitt Romney: Jobs Report Is Post-Party 'Hangover'

Will it affect the election? Analysts offer mixed reactions

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 7, 2012 9:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney is pouncing on today's jobs report, which found lowered unemployment but fewer jobs created than were expected. "If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover. For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely," Romney says in a statement, according to the Weekly Standard. Citing "43 straight months of unemployment above 8%," Romney says that Americans "aren't better off than they were four years ago." Here's how others are reacting to the report:

  • At USA Today, Susan Page calls the news middling. It "wasn't good enough to significantly boost President Obama or bad enough to significantly help Republican Mitt Romney," she writes. "Instead, it was one more sign of a slow recovery that gives talking points to both sides."
  • For Americans, the report is bad news, writes Greg Sargent at the Washington Post. But for Obama and Romney, "there’s nothing here that changes the status quo significantly." A "big deal" report would require either a "negative number" of jobs created or "something over 200,000."
  • CNN offers several perspectives: Kevin Liptak calls the report "a blow to Obama," bringing "a quick end to any lingering Democratic euphoria" after the convention. David Frum notes that "when people give up on looking for work, they also give up on trying to vote." But to Ron Brownstein, it just means more "trench warfare."

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives at LaValley Building Supply Inc., to conduct television interviews, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in West Lebanon, N.H.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives at LaValley Building Supply Inc., to conduct television interviews, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in West Lebanon, N.H.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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