White House: Jobs numbers 'better than expectations'

"While it was better than expectations, it also demonstrated that we have more work to do and the last thing we need is for Washington to unnecessarily throw up obstacles to economic growth or inflict wounds on the economy, and that is exactly what sequestration does," Carney said.

The press secretary also swiped back at a statement from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who said the jobs report proved the president's policies "still aren't providing the robust economic growth and job creation the American people desperately need."

"I understand that Speaker Boehner would like to reinstate the policies that were in place that led to the worst crisis of our lifetimes — the President disagrees," Carney said. "Tax cuts for the wealthy, unpaid-for initiatives and the like, which Speaker Boehner supported with glee in the previous administration."

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time Friday as investors were reassured by the jobs numbers.

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