Republican leaders in Congress called Friday's jobs report a disappointment and put the blame squarely on President Barack Obama's shoulders.
The economy grew 83,000 private-sector jobs, but lost 125,000 because of the loss of temporary Census workers. The private-sector figures were worse than experts predicted. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that the unemployment report was a result of Obama's "failed" stimulus plan.
Republicans and Democrats have spent almost the entire Obama presidency arguing about who is to blame for struggling employment numbers.
While the GOP has blamed the Obama administration, Democrats have pointed to Republican policies that were carried out during the eight years of the George W. Bush administration.
"The president continues to kick the can down the road and point to next year," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said. "Mr. President, we are out of road, and out of time and we can start working together now. In just the last month, Republicans have proposed more than $115 billion in spending cuts that Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer have blocked. Why?"
But in a statement he made at Andrews Air Force Base before departing to Camp David for the July 4 weekend, Obama said that the economy is making progress.
"Make no mistake, we are headed in the right direction, but as I was reminded on my trip to Racine, Wis., we are not headed there fast enough for many Americans," he said.