Obama aide: GOP block on jobs bill risks recession

By the Associated Press | October 7, 2011 | 10:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House economic adviser says Republicans will be risking another recession if they block President Barack Obama's jobs bill.

Gene Sperling says that without the measures outlined in the president's nearly $450 billion bill, the economy faces the possibility of stalling or having a downturn. In an interview with The Associated Press, Sperling questioned why Republicans would want to take that risk.

Sperling spoke shortly after the Labor Department released new jobs numbers showing the economy added about 103,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent.

Sperling says the White House is "slightly comforted" by the fact the jobs numbers were better than expected, though he said they still aren't good enough.