Obama: "No question" shutdown hurt job market
NEW ORLEANS- President Barack Obama says there "no question" that last month's partial government shutdown hurt the nation's jobs market.
The president is speaking hours after the Labor Department reported that the economy added 204,000 jobs in October. The burst of hiring was surprising given that the government was shut down for more than two weeks.
Obama did not specifically say how the job market had been hurt during the shutdown. But he says additional economic data still to be released before the end of the year could be down.
The president is speaking at the Port of New Orleans to press for more government spending on infrastructure projects that can have ripple effects on employment.