By Daniel Strauss - 09/07/12 05:23 PM EDT
Obama's comments came a few hours after the government reported a net gain of 96,000 jobs last month, a number that fell below expectations. Economists thought the economy would add 150,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, mainly due to people dropping out of the labor market.
Obama sought to put a positive spin on the jobs numbers, saying it was still the 30th month of consecutive growth.
Mitt Romney was quick to criticize Obama for the jobs numbers, hoping to move the national conversation away from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., that wrapped up Thursday night..
"If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover. For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely," Romney said in a statement in response to the jobs report. "This is more of the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8%, it is clear that President Obama just hasn't lived up to his promises and his policies haven't worked."