As new jobs numbers come in, Romney & Obama spar over how to create them

POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:05am

The 8,1% unemployment rate may not change when may's numbers come out this morning. But economists do predict 150,000 new jobs, far better than April.

President Obama's challenge is putting that in perspective.

"You have to remember the economy was cliff diving back than in 2009, now we continue to be in a pretty stable recovery, but too slow," said Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

New jobless claims rose last week - a bad sign for a President whose candidacy hangs on convincing Americans that things are getting better.

In Boston Thursday, his chief strategist argued Governor Mitt Romney had one of the nation's worst records on job creation in Massachusetts, instead focusing on profits for investors.

"He tried to bring those same principles to Massachusetts and the middle class suffered, this state lagged far behind the rest of the nation in job creation," said Senior Advisor to the President, David Axelrod.

Romney meantime made a surprise visit to California. To the Solyndra plant that went bankrupt after getting millions in government stimulus money.

"Free enterprise to the President means taking money from the taxpayers and giving it freely to his friends," Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate.

Today the President will push jobs for veterans in Minnesota. As we get a new picture on how many jobs were created overall.

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