Romer: Jobs numbers an 'important beginning'

The March jobs numbers are an "important beginning" to returning to normal employment, Council of Economic Advisers Chairwoman Christina Romer said Friday.

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

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"I've been out of here a lot of days in the rain announcing some pretty bad jobs numbers," Romer said on MSNBC. "We have a beautiful spring day and we do have positive jobs numbers which is certainly a lot better."

But Romer said that a lot more needs to be done to create jobs in order to effect a full recovery in the jobs market.

"Further targeted actions to spur private sector job creation are critically needed to ensure a more rapid, widespread recovery," she said in a White House statement.

Still, she called the numbers an 'important beginning" to that goal in her MSNBC interview.

While Democrats largely praised the numbers for the job creation numbers that Romer called "significant," Republicans remained skeptical of the figures.

GOPers criticized the high unemployment rate and said that the 162,000 jobs created included 48,000 temporary Census workers, which "inflate" the figures.

"The monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and subject to substantial revision," Romer said. "Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.  It is essential that we continue our efforts to move in the right direction and generate steady, strong job gains."