Republicans rip Biden economy after 'dismal' jobs report

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh blamed COVID delta variant, people looking for work-life balance

Republicans are slamming President Biden over the lackluster September jobs report, which shows that the economy added just 194,000 jobs in September, which was significantly fewer than the 500,000 new jobs that economists expected. 

"President Biden’s failed economic policy has created an economic crisis," House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., tweeted. "September’s jobs report is the WORST of the year."

"Today’s jobs report is a disaster," added Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. "Over 300,000 fewer jobs created than expected… Labor force participation fell… Prices are rising faster than wages… Biden has squandered the recovery he inherited!"


The last time that the U.S. economy created fewer jobs in a month was December 2020 when it lost 306,000 jobs at the height of the pandemic. 

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." that the COVID-19 delta variant, which has led to a significant increase in nationwide case numbers, is to blame for the weak jobs report. 

"Overall, when you look at the 4.8% unemployment rate, you know, and what's happened since the beginning this year, we've added almost five million jobs, the economy about 500,000 average over the last three months," he said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "But certainly, we know we have work to do."

Walsh added: "I think a lot of people are looking at, are they going to make a career change? They're looking at their work-life balance to change. Also, I think people are still concerned about the pandemic and the delta variant."

But Republicans instead blamed the president and his policies for the staggering economic recovery. 

"This jobs report shows what employers all over the country have been saying for months: the labor shortage is getting worse," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said. "The Biden administration should abandon their new entitlement programs, restore the work requirements they gutted in their March spending spree and get people back to work."

"Dismal #JobsReport today. U.S. job growth fell to the slowest pace of the year. There are millions of job openings, but Americans are leaving the workforce in staggering numbers.," Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., tweeted. "Dem promises of tax hikes & "free everything" isn’t helping job growth or rising inflation."

"The months of disappointing jobs reports are a direct result of President Biden’s failed policies," Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said. "This administration’s plan of paying people not to work and burdensome mandates has crippled our economy at a time when middle-class Americans are already struggling to afford basic necessities due to inflation."

"President Biden’s failed economic policies are moving us in the wrong direction," Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, added. 

The September report was the first since the $300 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits expired on September 5. Economists are still assessing the impact of the Child Tax Credit, which pays families up to $3,600 per child per year. Also having an impact going forward will be the mandatory vaccine requirements being enforced by a growing number of companies. 


Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality (+74,000) were led by the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (+43,000). Hiring in food services and drinking places was little changed for a second straight month after averaging a monthly gain of 197,000 from January through July. Professional and business services (+60,000), retail trade (+56,000), and transportation and warehousing (+47,000) also saw sizable gains. 

Both local government education (-144,000) and state government education (-17,000) lost jobs last month. 

FOX Business' Jonathan Garber, Robert Enos and Edward Lawrence contributed to this report.