In its first reaction to this morning’s worse-than-expected jobs report, the White House stressed that the nation is still fighting back from the recession and that the “problems in the job market were long in the making and will not be solved overnight.”

“There is much more work that remains to be done to repair the damage caused by the financial crisis and deep recession that began at the end of 2007,” Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, writes in a White House blog.