WASHINGTON, June 3 Private industry must create
more jobs now that the government has stopped the job losses
that were occurring when the Obama administration took office,
White House economist Austan Goolsbee said on Friday.
"What we want for growth is that it be centered in the
private sector," he said in an interview on Reuters Insider
television. "The government sector stepped in (with) a rescue
when the President took office (and) we were losing more than
750,000 jobs a month and we have clearly turned around from
that ethically awful situation."
He said Friday's report showing only 54,000 jobs created in
May represented one of the "rough patches" that were inevitable
but said the focus was unchanged, "We've got to do what we can
to get the private sector leading the recovery."
(Reporting by Glenn Somerville; Editing by James Dalgleish)