Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Sunday dismissed as “ridiculous and deeply misleading” recent comments from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that 92.3% of jobs lost during the Obama administration were held by women.
Mr. Geithner, in wide-ranging interviews on three Sunday talk shows, said “the economy was getting stronger,” though speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” he added the recovery has “a ways to go still.” But it was his comments about the former Massachusetts governor that could attract the most attention because Mr. Geithner is usually reluctant to weigh in on presidential politics.
As the fight for women voters intensified in recent days, Mr. Romney took a swipe at Mr. Obama by saying women had borne the vast majority of job losses over the past three years. Labor Department data show women do account for 92.3% of the workers who have lost jobs since Mr. Obama took office in January 2009. But men suffered deeper job losses than women in the year before Mr. Obama’s inauguration and men have gained more jobs than women since the recovery began in 2009.