The U.S. economy is continuing to recover but still has a long way to go, top White House advisers said on Friday, after the Labor Department released weaker-than-expected jobs figures.
"What we are seeing in the economy right now is that we are making progress, but we still have a long way to go," White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said.
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But he faulted Republicans in Congress for getting in the way of employment creation. "The partisanship ... has blocked us from having a stronger job market," he said.
U.S. payrolls rose in March by 120,000, far less than expected and the smallest increase since October, though the unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent.
Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in a blog post that the construction sector is continuing to suffer from housing-market weakness, but said "manufacturing continues to be a bright spot."