President Obama says the new jobs numbers out today – 230,000 new private jobs added to the economy – is good news but not the end game.
“Although we got good news today, we have to keep the momentum going,” he told an audience at a UPS facility just outside of Washington DC, where he was touting clean vehicle technology. “That makes 1.8 million private sector jobs created in last 13 months,” he said.
The new jobs number also lead to a steep drop in the unemployment rate—a full percentage point down in just four months.
“The last time that happened was during the recovery during 1984 where we saw such a significant drop in the unemployment rate,” Obama said.
But Obama maintained that still isn’t enough.
“I know there’s a lot going on in the world right now so the news has been captured by the images of the Middle East and what’s happening, the tragedy to our friends in Japan. And I’m focused on those issues but you should know that keeping the economy going and making sure jobs are available is the first thing I thing about when I wake up in the morning, it’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night,” he said.
“That’s what we’re focused on, that’s what we’re fighting for,” he said to applause.
-Jon Garcia and Sunlen Miller