From NBC's Mark Murray
As expected, Republicans have seized on today's job-loss news, blasting out statements that criticize President Obama's handling of the economy (even though, as we pointed out this morning, that the huge job losses began back in 2008).
RNC Chairman Michael Steele: "June's unemployment report shows a job loss of 467,000 and proves that the stimulus package is not a 'Recovery Act.' Today President Obama will hold another White House PR event with presidential spin instead of putting forth real world, free market solutions that will put Americans back to work."
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor: "House Republicans laid out a serious and substantive agenda that put jobs first. House Democrats, along with the White House, instead took an unfocused, 'go it alone' approach that has fallen well short of its goals and has failed to create jobs."
And House Minority Leader John Boehner has released a Web video that asks, "Where are the jobs?"
*** UPDATE *** AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale sends along this observation to First Read: "Pretty ironic that R's first opposed the stimulus, then some came over while making it smaller than D's and unions wanted, and now complaining that it isn't creating enough jobs."