The U.S. economy added a solid 175,000 jobs in February, despite harsh winter weather that many analysts expected would curtail hiring, according to government data released Friday morning.
The report from the Labor Department showed the job market has steadily improved since hiring plunged at the end of last year. On Friday, the government actually increased its estimate for job creation in December and January.
So once again, despite all the Republicans spiteful and political efforts to stifle the Obama economy's recovery, they couldn't. Okay, these numbers, these gains, are modest and nowhere near where they could be. But can you imagine if the Republicans would pass the Obama jobs bill and the extended unemployment benefits bill how much more we could have grown?
Instead of making appearances at the CPAC conference with rifles and Looney Tunes rhetoric, maybe these elected officials would have time to pass some meaningful legislation.
On the downside, unemployment did go up a tick: 0.1% to 6.7%. That's not terrible considering the storms that attacked the midwest and south. But this uptick didn't have to be if the GOP would do their job -- and stop voting on repeals of Obamacare (we just had the 50th vote) and look to real matters. When will the Republicans come into the 21st century and not settle for living back in the 20th?