Republicans skeptical of jobs numbers

Republicans on Friday reacted with a laundry list of problems they see with the March jobs report that was released in the morning.

The report showed that unemployment held at 9.7 percent but that 162,000 jobs were created, the most since March 2007.

But the Republican National Committee put out a research e-mail calling the jobs report "unacceptable," saying that the unemployment rate is too high and that despite the jobs gained, the economy has lost 2.3 million jobs since President Barack Obama took office.

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"Americans deserve far more than the up and down, roller coaster like unemployment reports of the past few months," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement. "We must work to move beyond this uncertainty by creating a sustained period of real job creation, and that can only start once Washington stops actively impeding economic growth."

While Democrats were jubilant over the job creation numbers, Republicans also said that those might be suspect. 

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) released a preemptive statement saying that the hiring of temporary Census workers will 'inflate" the jobs figures.

"Even the White House has acknowledged that these taxpayer-funded temps will be a 'factor' in the Labor Department’s newest data," Boehner said.

The 48,000 temporary Census jobs are fewer than economists predicted would be hired. But the 162,000 jobs created are also slightly less than the 200,000 economists had forseen would be created.

Finally, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office released a memo to reporters saying that the unemployment rate is significantly higher than the Obama administration last year estimated it would be under the effects of the stimulus.

"Well, the unemployment rate grew by two points, leveled off at 9.7 for three months, and the administration claims job growth will return in the second half,' wrote McConnell spokesman Don Stewart. "So I guess the question is, if job growth is acting almost exactly like they predicted it would WITHOUT the trillion-dollar stimulus..."

But Cantor did acknowledge that "Any report showing that the economy added jobs is clearly a better alternative to one showing that it lost more jobs."