|JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon|
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon remained upbeat on the U.S. economy despite surprisingly poor jobs data released last week. "We've created 4 million jobs in the last 24 months. Don't overreact to the monthly jobs data," Dimon said during a conference call with reporters following the bank's release of its first-quarter earnings Friday.
Dimon also argued housing is "very close to a bottom," and said businesses are "very well capitalized" and "in good shape." He further contended that consumer debt is down 15%-20% from its peak as much of it has already been written off by creditors. JPMorgan Chief Financial Officer Doug Braunstein also highlighted what he called a record level of loans to so-called middle market companies. That business, which JPMorgan also characterizes as loans to small businesses, is up 35% versus a year ago. -- Written by Dan Freed in New York. Follow me on Twitter