As usual, on the first friday of the month, the BLS - the Bureau of Labor Statistics - released the jobs numbers for June - or what we used to call the bikini graph (which, since it’s summer, works out).
For the third consecutive month, the jobs numbers were positive and there were some positive signs. Overall, the numbers were still disappointing - basically unchanged over the last three months.
As President Obama noted in Ohio on Friday, the June report was another "step in the right direction" the American economy has created 4.4 million jobs in the last 28 months - half a million of which were in manufacturing. But the President wasn’t happy with those numbers. Even though the private sector created 80,000 new jobs - the public sector (government jobs) still lost 4,000 jobs (Thanks mostly to austerity practices at the state level).
Of course, none of these facts calmed down the right-wing and Mitt Romney, who seem desperate to get away from Romney’s flip-flopping on healthcare. Immediately after the numbers were released, the partisans on the right took to saying that President Obama’s jobs plans haven’t worked.
Which would be fine, if that was true.
Randi’s said it for quite a long time now, and other media pros have agreed with her: It would be fine to say President Obama’s jobs plan isn’t working - IF Congress and the states were trying to implement the President’s plan. Sadly, Congress and the GOP haven't been trying to implement the President's plan. They've been fighting against the President’s Jobs agenda.
That America continues to gain jobs SLOWLY - over 950,000 private sector jobs, just this year, so far - should be a credit to how hard President Obama and some Democrats in Congress have been trying to help add jobs to the economy. As Steve Benen also notes, Obama’s rate of job creation this year is, “already better than five of the eight years of the Bush/Cheney era.”
Finally, as Dylan Matthews at Ezra Klein's Wonkblog noticed, despite the stagnating jobs numbers, the individual wages of Americans continue rising - another effect of some of President Obama's policies:
So things aren't getting better as fast as we'd all like... Wonder if things would get better if Republicans would do things like actually PASS the Jobs bill that President Obama sent to Congress almost a year ago?