06/01/2012 09:42 am ET Updated Jun 01, 2012

Mitt Romney Calls May Jobs Report 'Devastating News' For American Workers

Mitt Romney called the May jobs report "devastating news" for both American workers and families. The Republican presidential candidate released the following statement on Friday and predictably targeted President Barack Obama's economic record.

Today's weak jobs report is devastating news for American workers and American families. This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another. Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims, and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the President's handling of the economy. It is now clear to everyone that President Obama's policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America's middle class. The President's re-election slogan may be 'forward,' but it seems like we've been moving backward. We can do so much better in America. That's why I'm running for president.

According to the report, U.S. employers added only 69,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, its first increase in 11 months.