The July jobs report came out today, and while the United States added 163,000 jobs last month, unemployment grew to 8.3 percent.
And while there were mixed feelings being expressed on Twitter, the majority of tweets regarding the July jobs reports reveal that the Twitter community is not on the president’s side on this one. The Twitter Political Index, which analyzes the favorability of tweets mentioning Obama and Romney “shows that tweets discussing Obama and the economy are consistently gloomy.” The Political Twitter Index also shows that since the beginning the May, tweets mentioning both Obama and the economy have been more negative than over 85% of all other tweets on the social media platform Twitter. Ouch.
Despite these findings, Barack Obama remained positive, focusing on the increase in jobs, tweeting:
President Obama: "We’ve now created 4.5 million new jobs over the last 29 months."
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 3, 2012
Mitt Romney, however, focused on the second number in today’s jobs report: unemployment. He tweeted,
Today's increase in the unemployment rate is a blow to struggling middle-class families. Americans deserve better and we can do better.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 3, 2012
Former two-term Governor Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein have not yet commented about today’s jobs report on Twitter. In the meantime, take a look at some other responses to the jobs report, as seen on Twitter:
— Katy (@KatyinIndy) August 3, 2012
If u adjust for larger U.S. population today, Reagan Recovery averaged 360,000 jobs/month for 3-yr total of 13 million http://t.co/NBLvoYUr
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) August 3, 2012
Today's jobs report is small step in the right direction. But more needs to be done. GOP decided to head home rather than take action.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 3, 2012
Here is the chart showing current unemployment vs. O's predictions with and without stimulus http://t.co/6THY4aqW
— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) August 3, 2012
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPWhip) August 3, 2012
What do you make of the July jobs report? Is it “a solid, encouraging number,” as Austan Goolsbee, a former chairman of Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers suggests? Or is America’s recovery too slow?