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GOP Hopefuls Slam Obama on Job Results

Updated from 11:19 a.m. EDT with comments from Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Employers added no jobs in August, and GOP presidential hopefuls seized the opportunity on Friday to criticize President Barack Obama for the poor results.

The Republican candidates have taken plenty of jabs at the president this summer as negative economic indicators have continued to pound the American economy.

President Barack Obama

"Today's jobs report showing that the economy created no jobs in the last month and unemployment at 9.1% is further evidence that President Obama's failed economic policies are not working and have completely stalled job growth," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) said in a statement.

Bachmann's statement was similar to previous comments that criticized Obama for job stagnation and "failed economic policies."

"President Obama oversaw an economy that created zero jobs last month, and that is unacceptable," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said in a statement. "Today's disappointing unemployment report is further proof that President Obama has failed."

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman sustained his effort to further separate himself from Obama -- who appointed him to the China post -- as he referred to the president's "theatrics." Huntsman also touted the jobs plan he revealed on Wednesday.

"Two days after I offered a plan with serious solutions that would create jobs and get our economy going, we learn of yet another month with zero job growth," Huntsman said in a statement. "There is no clearer sign that the President has failed, and the theatrics around his far-too-late jobs speech demonstrate that he has no real plan to change course."

"Zero jobs created. Zero relief for the 14 million unemployed Americans. And the president thinks he's 'frustrated?'" former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted on Friday.

"The poor national jobs picture stands in stark contrast to Texas' pro-jobs, limited government policies which helped make us the top job-producing state in the nation," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said. Perry said that Obama's "job-killing policies" are what have hurt the American economy.

President Obama is expected to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8 that would outline a major plan to grow jobs and the economy.

The speech originally was scheduled for Sept. 7, but Obama changed the date after House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) complained that the address would overlap with a GOP presidential debate.

Obama's jobs plan would come a week after the president nominated labor economist Alan Krueger as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.



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