Spinning the unemployment rate

With news this morning that the unemployment rate has jumped to 8.1 percent, pols didn't waste time trying to spin the numbers.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) put out a statement just 20 minutes after the job numbers were released. Unsurprisingly, he blames Democrats and takes a dig at the omnibus spending bill currently being debated in Congress.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama and I have already moved to increase unemployment insurance benefits and to extend the duration of unemployment insurance. In addition, I am announcing today that the Labor Department is making available more than 3 and a half billion dollars to states for education, training and reemployment services.

We will continue to do whatever is necessary to break the destructive cycle of job loss in this country and put Americans back to work. That includes our plans to re-start lending for consumers and small businesses, help responsible homeowners pay their mortgages and re-finance their homes, and address the long-term economic challenges we face