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Fmr Gov. Barbour: June Jobs Report 'Abysmal'

"It is abysmal."

That's what former GOP Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told Fox News on Sunday about the Labor Department's jobs report for June.

The employment rate has hovered at 8.2 percent for the second straight month - adding only 80,000 jobs in June. It's an increase from May's 77,000 jobs.

"In the last quarter we added fewer jobs than during the Reagan recovery after the '82 recession we were adding more jobs every month than we added in the last three months," Barbour said. "And how can you say it is progress when last month more people signed up for Social Security disability than got a job."

However, it's the finger pointing that has prevented the economy from truly being repaired, he also said.

"With Barack Obama it is always somebody else's faults. Bush did it. We had a hurricane. An oil spill," Barbour added.

On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz , chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Democrats are making progress with the economy.

"We need to continue to make more progress obviously and we haven't gone far enough but we need to keep pressing forward and continue to focus on middle class tax breaks" said Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla.

She also said the president has a precision focus on the economy, ahead of the election.

"You know President Obama is focused on making sure he singles out like a laser, getting jobs created in our economy turned around with or without help from the republicans" Wasserman-Schultz remarked.

Robert Gibbs, former press secretary to Obama, on CNN's "State of the Union" seemed to be painting a slightly different picture with a message that wasn't as positive as that of Wasserman-Schultz.

"We are not growing fast enough and we're not adding enough jobs" he said, adding the country has made progress but still has a long way to go.

Barbour also took time to confront accusations from Democrats that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has not disclosed all of his finances in his tax returns. Saying the former governor of Massachusetts had dealings in the Cayman Islands and a bank account in Switzerland.

"Now, when you are running for president of the United States and you have been in there for three-and-a-half years and you have to resort to talking about the other guy's tax returns and that he is not like -- he doesn't care about people like you, it is because they can't run on their record," Barbour said.

 

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