Obama says jobs report shows strength of American economy
US President Barack Obama speaks in Boise, Idaho on Jan. 21, 2015 (Photo by Saul Loeb for Agence France-Presse.)

President Barack Obama on Friday said the latest jobs report showing the unemployment rate at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent was a testament to the strength of the American economy.

"We should be proud of the progress we've made," Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room.

But Obama noted "softness" in China, Europe and other economies has presented challenges to U.S. exporters.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Ayesha Rascoe, Roberta Rampton)