Harry Reid could use the morning dew as an excuse to bash Republicans.
On Thursday he put out a press release crowing about the number of jobs created in June — 223,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent.
“The country has experienced 64 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Though more needs to be done, there’s no doubt we’ve made progress. Senate Democrats want to build on that progress,” some staffer wrote before turning to the real topic at hand. “Republicans, who have now controlled Congress for six months, have other priorities.”
He then bashed Republicans for not reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and claimed they may let the Highway Trust Fund expire.
“Americans deserve more from the GOP Congress than crisis, inaction and economic insecurity. Republicans have consistently shown that they are not interested in finding long-term solutions to critical problems,” Reid reportedly wailed.
Not so fast, Harry.
Yes, the BLS did report 223,000 jobs were created in June, but if Democrats can take credit for that, perhaps they also take blame for the fact the civilian labor force declined by 432,000 in June. Additionally, the April and May job growth estimates were revised down by 60,000 jobs. So what’s the likelihood of that 223,000 jobs holding up next month?
As for those 64 months of job growth, an Investor’s Business Daily editorial notes that during Obama’s presidency, the population grew by nearly 16 million, but the labor force grew by less than 3 million. “For every three Americans added to the working age population (16 and over), only around one new job has been created under Obama,” the editorialists note.