House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ripped Republicans Friday for failing to produce any jobs bills in the six months since they retained control of the House in early January. Pelosi was understandably trying to lay the blame of the weak June jobs report at the feet of the Republicans.
A closer look at the total nonfarm jobs payroll however shows that for the first six months of the current year, the economy gained a net 757,000 jobs; almost three times more jobs than the 279,000 jobs of the second half of 2010. The 757,000 jobs gained in the last six months, is more than the 661,000 jobs gained in the first half of 2010, which included hundreds of thousands temporary Census jobs.
The only six-month period of the Pelosi Majority that produced more jobs than the last six months, was the first half of 2007 – when George W. Bush was still President and the then-new House Majority didn’t produce any jobs bills.