Jobs report gives Obama boost

President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. "We are moving forward again," he boasted. Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted that the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.
Associated Press
Oct 5, 2012

The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent — gave Obama fresh evidence on the heels of his disappointing debate performance to argue that his economic policies are working. Romney countered that the country can't afford four more years of the president's leadership and argued that the rate is low in part because some people have quit looking for work.

"These are tough times in this community," Romney told a rally outside a construction equipment store after meeting with coal miners who have been laid off. "We're going to bring back jobs and bring back America."

Obama responded that Romney wants to roll back policies that are repairing the economic damage.

"Today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points," Obama said. "It is a reminder that the country has come too far to turn back now."

The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when Obama became president. There is one more monthly unemployment report before Election Day, so Friday's numbers could leave a lasting impact on Americans who are already casting ballots in states that allow early voting.

The candidates campaigned Friday on opposite ends of one of those early voting states, Virginia. Romney, in the state's far western coal country, said he wants to develop coal and other domestic resources to make the United States energy independent in eight years. Obama focused on recruiting women at an appearance in the Washington suburbs, where he argued that his health care policy has improved their health care choices.

Obama, seeking to rebound after Romney dominated their first debate Wednesday night, is accusing his rival of being dishonest about how his policies would affect the tax bills of middle-class families and the Medicare benefits of retirees. He told an audience at George Mason University that his rival "got an extreme makeover" in their face-off.

He also argued Romney can't bring change to the country when he's "willing to write off half the nation before you take office," a reference to Romney's disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes. Romney made the comments at a fundraiser in May that was secretly recorded, but the videotape did not emerge until last month. Romney went as far as he's ever gone to try to take back his words in an interview Thursday night with Fox News.

"Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right," Romney said Thursday. "In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong."

At the White House, senior adviser David Plouffe retorted: "I would take with a huge grain of salt trying to clean something up five months after you said it for the first time."

The next presidential debate is not until Oct. 16, a town hall-style meeting at Hofstra University in New York, giving both sides ample opportunities to blanket battleground states and raise money for the final weeks of television advertising.

Romney released three new ads on Friday, offering a window into his strategy for the coming week. One, called "Facts Are Clear," focuses on the national debt and accuses Obama of wasting trillions of dollars instead of creating jobs. A second spot features Greg Anthony, a former professional basketball player from Nevada, talking about his roots in the state and his switch from backing Obama in 2008 to Romney this year.

The third spot is titled, simply, "Ohio Jobs." It features Romney looking straight at the camera to talk to voters from the Midwestern battleground state seen as critical to his White House hopes. Obama also was campaigning in Ohio on Friday.

Obama's team countered with an ad targeting Romney's tax plan, accusing him of planning to raise taxes on the middle class. The ad was airing in seven battleground states.

Romney planned a rally later in the day in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off a weekend of campaigning in that state, the largest of the prized battlegrounds. Obama was holding a Friday rally in Cleveland before heading to California on Sunday for a fundraising spree that will include a concert in Los Angeles featuring Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder.

Traveling aboard Air Force One, Plouffe foreshadowed an intense focus on Ohio in the coming weeks, where polls have shifted in Obama's favor. No Republican has won the presidency without winning Ohio, and Obama's campaign sees blocking Romney there as one of its best paths to victory.

Plouffe said the true measure of the first debate was whether it moved voters in the battleground states. Speaking of Romney, Plouffe said: "Is he going to take the lead in Ohio? If he doesn't, he's not going to be president," he said.

 

Comments

44846GWP

Can't wait for Winnie to spin this. OBAMA 2012!

anthras

the job figures releasd makes this the highest 1 month jump in employment in the last 29 years, do you really feel that the economy is that good????????

Seriously.

Unemployment goes up and it is Obama's fault.
Unemployment goes down and you act like it's a lie.

Get off the meth redneck.

mikel

it is a lie and you need to get off the meth. the u6 which is a more accurate number shows unemployment virtually the same as last month. the media is controlled by left leaning spinsters and they can distort the numbers how they want and make people believe it. even you! now, go drink another glass of kool-aid.

jas

When the facts don't agree with your distorted view of reality, it must be because of the grand liberal media conspiracy. How pathetic.

You can disagree with the methodology used all you want but if the same methodology is used and it shows the rate going down, then it shows progress is being made. What is really spinning the facts is to do what you do and use studies that use different methodologies to determine the unemployment rate. That's comparing apples to oranges. A typical radical conservative method to distort reality.

the office cat

UH OH! Somebody's (@Mikel) candidate is in trouble because he's been saying for months that if the President - single-handedly - can't get unemployment below 8% then he shouldn't be re-elected.

Now, it's 7.8% until at least the Friday before the election so I guess that means all us early-voters are right to vote OBAMA!!!! I'll see your 'debate' and LOWER you 7.8%. Go drink your tea.

the office cat

Anthrax. "do you really feel that the economy is that good?"
Yeah, I do. Working daily with the diminishing numbers or unemployed - YES! A guy I had worked with stopped me in the store this week to tell me he's working 12/7 at $18/hr plus overtime and has recouped all he lost during a year unemployed.

Stop by a Job Store and see the tables full of job openings.

The only people really suffering are public sector employees - those firefighters, police, teachers, nurses, Rmoney says we don't need.

The economy is moving, growing - and that scares the bejesus outa all you.

mikel

cat - a couple of thoughts here:
-tell the people where they can find that job for $18+ per hour that is working 12/7.
-your statement doesn't hold water. if people would stop at the job store you own and fulfill all of those job openings that litter your table then maybe unemployment for your area would be 0%?
-tell me cat, why so many openings yet unemployment is so high. maybe the people would rather take the freebie from uncle obie then have to work for it?

the office cat

Woodbridge.
Why so many openings yet unemployment so high?
Simple. People don't have the skills necessary to take the jobs available - and that doesn't mean the jobs are too technical, it just means (you can check the stats) older employees with decades of seniority are being furloughed and their $18/hour jobs now are advertised for $9/hour with some willingness to train.
30 years ago when these (then) 20-somethings began, life expectancy was 60-65 and people would retire, live a coupla three years and die without seeking another job.
Today, 60 is the 'new 40' with an expected end-age in the 80s. Many are working well into their 70s and even 80s - even if only part-time minimum wage.
With dedication once came salary increases. With the advent of technology, companies can get more work out of fewer employees - and some just cannot adapt to the newer technology.
HOWEVER, these same long-term employees have paid 30-40 years into SS and Medicare and their employers have paid unemployment insurance and these dedicated employees are ENTITLED to the benefits they have paid for over the years.
THEREFORE, they are on the unemployment rolls LEGALLY and DESERVEDLY but most likely will not re-enter the full-time workforce.
So Mikel... it's not a 'freebie'. It's something they worked for and to which they are ENTITLED - in the truest sense of the word.

jas

People who have lost public sector jobs are still unemployed people in need of a new job. They are suffering just as much as anyone who is unemployed from a private sector job.

anthras

office cat the name is anthras in lieu of anthrax as you and big dog state. It is kind of amusing that you and big dog do that as it is reminiscent of my grade school days.

According to you the jobs office you work at must be doing a large share of the jobs in the area as the entire country advised in the last report 114,000 jobs and that does not keep up with growth.The economy is not growing.

anthras

I feel that soon part time employment will be more of a norm with Obamacare as I have talked to employers that are planning just that. It will save them the higher cost of health insurance and avoid the penalty tax for not providing health care. I do think that a way to provide a true picture of where we are would be to show each month stats for full time, part time, and those that have just quit looking

the office cat

Under which rock do you live? Part-time employment has been the norm - even in large corporations - for more than a decade. In management I was ORDERED to make sure no one was scheduled for more than 35 hours weekly because 37.5 would be full-time and require they be given benefits.
You need to get out more. I don't to which employers you are speaking as I have talked to about 30 who already are looking for the Obamacares program that will allow them to 'partner' with other very small businesses to provide health care plans.
I know the employers you have been talking to are either very small or already employing only part-time or they would be paying benefits.

anthras

I do think that in many places over 32 hours is full time for benefits. I can remember passing the Olive Garden and seeing a sign that stated waiter persons wanted and insurance starts the first week . Now Darden Restaurants is starting to go part time solely because of Obamacare and that includes Olive Garden, Red Lobster and others.
I do sell industrial maintenance supplies and have a few hundred customers and deal a lot with the maintenance supervisors however also have contact with engineers and upper management and I can tell you that many are sitting on a lot of assets that will not be used while Obama is president a few may actually shut down.

JACKEL

No one can be that stupid to believe this.You are being manipulated everyday and can not see it.Get your heads out of your xss before the missile hits.

JACKEL

I GOT SOME PROPERTY IN THE SUDAN YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN,BURIAL PLOTS !ONE WHOLE STATE NEVER REPORTED IN.I EXPECT IT TO BE 4% THE MONDAY BEFORE ELECTION.I GOT AN E-MAIL TODAY FROM ONE OF YOUR SUPPORTERS,SHE HAS HAD 3 DEER ACCIDENTS AND WOULD LIKE THE SIGNS MOVED, SO THEY WOULD CROSS LIKE AT SCHOOL CROSSINGS.SHE THINKS IT IS TOO DANGEROUS TO CROSS ON THE HIGHWAYS.SHE CALLED A MAJOR RADIO TALK SHOW HOST,I THINK IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN JOE BIDEN'S WIFE.WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NEWS,FROM CNN,"THE COMMUNIST NEWS NETWORK "?

Darwin's choice

And the moon is made of cheese...........

The Big Dog's back

darwin, would you have been happier with less jobs?

the office cat

Of course Darwin, and Mikel and the rest would have been happier with fewer new jobs and more people out of work and more mortgages under water and more foreclosures and 130 million out of work. They would be happier with anything that could make that guy occupying the WHITE House look bad enough to lose.

JACKEL

You are totally out of touch with reality.No one would have been prouder than I if this President was more successful than any other.You really don't think he came out of nowhere,being brought up with Communist Agenda from youth,taking down the Clinton's and became president without a power behind him.These people,in power are put there by the most Powerful Organizations in the world.Now if you question what I say,look up what groups such as The Skulls,The Illuminati,The Bilderberg's etc.and you will see that all past and present power is or was members.You are why history repeats itself,the young and inexperienced are led to the slaughter blindly.Hitler was elected by the same people.When I was 7 yrs old the Japs hit Pearl,the folks around me were saying we will never enter the war.As FDR was negotiating with the Japs,the planes were in route to pearl.Those same people that said we will never be in a war were in the military a few months later.As far as job creation the trillions spent by this man there should be zero unemployment.His loyalties are more of a Muslim Nature than a Commander And Chief of our military and a Patriotic American.Any one that would bow to a Saudi King who produced Osama and the 911 Highjackers is not my President.He made the statement if it came to a choice of the Muslims or us it would be them.If his own daughter were saddled with a child he said he would abort it if it were not conducive to her life.Go to the 50 biggest lies by Obama on Snopes,which by the way has been accused of leaning your way.He has cut our military defenses to the bone.Why do you think we survived the cold war,by having a strong defense.If you re elect him, by 2016 and assuming we aren't under Muslim Domination.instead of 30cents on every dollar going to interest it will be 60 cents if we are not bankrupt.Now I am not trying to be nasty to you I just want you to think and research.You have the tools today,we had none in my youth.We never had electricity until after WW2.

kURTje

Sie wissen so viel. Witz.

JACKEL

They joke so much !

There you go again

Only 114,000 new jobs but unemployment drops. Ummm, how do you say "cooking the books."!

KnuckleDragger

Yup, they forgot to include the hundreds of thousands that have quit looking for work. Also note that they are taking credit for the part time jobs which by the way make up the majority of the new jobs created. The more telling number is the percentatage of people working part-time that want full time work has risen by over 1% in same time period. 7.5 percent to 8.6%. Obama is a part time job creator, but I guess you libs think that creating only part time minimum wage jobs is OK. Of course you would think anything that this president does is OK, regardless of how bad it is for our country. Keep guzzling that kool-aid.

the office cat

Just can't stand it, can you?
yeah, from my perspective, a part-time job is better than a no-time job and used-up unemployment benefits which knocks me out of the figures. AGAIN I note that the numbers of people who no longer register for UE are still looking for work.
But I guess you 'get-Obama-out' types would prefer children go hungry and without medical care and in crowded classrooms. ANYTHING TO WIN!

Darwin's choice

Big Dog.....I'm sick of the B.S. put out to prop this "post turtle" up! Don't you find it at all convient for this sudden "drop"in the number of unemployed? The numbers don't add up! How many people are currently living on food stamps? Do you think they are "employed" ? How about welfare? The same thing! If the number of people collecting welfare, and living on food stamps is so high, how do you explain this "drop" in unemployment? Are all those people just milking the system? There are way to many indicators that the jobs situation in our country is still quite dismal! The only explanation I will believe is the welfare/foodstamp people have used all other options, and have fallen off the "number" system! When the number of new claims for assistance is less than the unemployment claims, talk to me then about "jobs". Your leader has failed!

The Big Dog's back

Only a fool would deny that the economy is not getting better. Ohh.....

themomx6

barack obama has never had to actually accomplish anything in his life. Mitt Romney clobbered him in Wed. night's debate because he called obama out on his total lack of accomplishment in his four years as president of the United States. obama was stymied, stumped, and pissed off because no one had ever done that to him before in his whole life.

All his life guilty white liberals have carried Obama around like an egg on a pillow. At Harvard Law he was chosen editor of the Law Review without ever having written a single article. As a senator in the Illinois legislator, his main accomplishment was voting "present." Yet he became a candidate for the presidency as the darling of white elites-- in academia, in the media, in Hollywood and in the business world. His appearances with Greek columns, proclaiming that he would lower the sea levels and heal the planet, while members of the audience fainted, will be seen as the most bizarre manifestation of racism in modern times: the black man as an idol for worship to expunge guilt.

Almost immediately upon entering office he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. For what, exactly? For...well, nothing. For being what joe biden had called a "clean, articulate black man." obama never had to actually do anything. He just had to be and all doors opened for him, all rewards were heaped upon him.

When Brian Williams bowed to him in a well known video clip, he was not saying, "You are a great man, therefore I bow to you." He was saying "I am a great man, therefore I bow to you."

For more than 50 years, the word "white" has been stigmatized. It is now almost an insult. "White" and "racist" are almost equivalent in the vocabulary of liberals. obama has been their way of distancing themselves from the shame of whiteness. And so it was for the millions of whites who voted for obama simply because he was black.

Wed. night we saw the result of all this. Mitt Romney treated obama as a true equal. He held him responsible for what he has done and failed to do. He looked him in the eye-- or would have if obama dared to look up-- and said, "What have you done, Mr. President? Look at all the damage you have done by misguided action and failure to act. How can you defend yourself?" obama never heard that in his life. He expected something like McCain's puling " I'm sure Mr. obama would make an excellent president." Instead he faced a man who took him seriously, took him on as a equal, and held him to account. And obama folded.

For obama, it's pathetic. For America, it is tragic that this completely unqualified buffoon is in the Oval Office, having been carefully and delicately placed there upon a velvet pillow by white liberal racists.

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samiam

Well said.

football princess

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