How Does the White House React to Monthly Jobs Numbers? Copy and Paste

National Journal

If it works, why change it? This seems to be the mentality of the White House when it reacts to monthly jobs numbers.

Since last July, Alan Kruger, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, has opened each of his statements in the same fashion:

While more work remains to be done, today's employment report provides further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression.  It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class, as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

While the jobs figures change each month, this copy-and-paste method doesn't. Need more proof? Here's June, May, April, March, January, DecemberNovember, October, September, August and July.

Krueger did deviate once since last July. In reaction to February jobs numbers, he just used this line:

While more work remains to be done, today's employment report provides evidence that the recovery that began in mid-2009 is gaining traction.

These tried and true words may not last, however. With Krueger leaving his post to return to academia, maybe his replacement, Jason Furman, may change things up a bit.

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