President Barack Obama walks through his Hyde Park neighborhood with senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to Marty Nesbitt’s home, Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A weak labor market provided energy Sunday for criticism of President Barack Obama, with the campaign of presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney contending that the president’s lack of executive leadership experience undermines his policies.
The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in May as the Labor Department reported just 69,000 new jobs, the fewest in nearly a year. In appearances on Sunday’s news shows, Obama campaign officials cast the dismal gains in employment as evidence of growth in jobs for the 27th straight month while acknowledging that it was not at an acceptable pace.
The Obama campaign said Congress had not acted on initiatives that would lead to more hiring of teachers and construction workers. However, Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom put the blame on Obama and touted Romney’s experience running the 2002 Winter Olympics and his tenure as Login to read more