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
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.