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

buckeye15

Nice catch football princess!

KnuckleDragger

It doesn't have to be, but you're right the poster should have at least posted a citation to credit the author.

deertracker

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katelih-Trailer...

LMAO!!! You are awesome,Princess !

football princess

Thanks for the kind words :)

the office cat

Wow! So much hatred and bigotry:
("All his life guilty white liberals have carried Obama around like an egg on a pillow.")
("having been carefully and delicately placed there upon a velvet pillow by white liberal racists.")
You just can't stand that a Black man is living in your WHITE House which incidentally was built by Africans who 'knew their place'.
Rmoney showed his true character - and God HELP us if he ever has a chance to meet with Putin or Netanyahu or Merkel or any world leader on which success depends on diplomacy.
Rmoney was rude, interruptive, repeatedly broke the rules by which he agreed to abide, preferred shouting to debating, and totally - and disrespectfully - blew off Jim Lehrer and then said he would act to fire Lehrer. Know what that's usually called? BULLYING.

Randy_Marsh

WHAMMO!! The race card gets played again! How predictable can you people be?

sanduskysteve

Sorry - but the race card was already played in momx6's post - although it was a copy and paste - it WAS a paste. However, race cards can only be played by republicans I suppose.

Concerned For A...

Oh yeah, all us people who support someone other than Obama must be doing so because we are all racist! Get the heck outta here with that bullcrap! I'm really sick and tired of hearing it. Obama is a TERRIBLE leader for our country. He hasn't helped a dang thing. About all he has accomplished the last four years is prove all the people right that didn't vote for him in the first place! Slavery has been dead and gone for a long, LONG time now. Quit trying to use it as an excuse for YOUR racism against white people. Racism is alive in all cultures. All you dang liberals, even as some of you struggle to keep a roof over your head, feed your family, put fuel in your vehicle to be able to get to work, are still to stubborn and unrealistic to admit that he needs to GO!!! I don't give a rats patootie if he is any color in the rainbow, he don't know the first thing about being President Of The United States Of America! The only thing he knows how to do is spend more. Roughly just over 50 percent of our national debt is owned by foreign countries. What do you presume is going to happen when all these countries decide to unite to get their money?? Whats ole Obie going to do if China decides they dont want to wait any longer for their money? How do you feel about Obama trying to replace our FLAG?!?!?! I absolutley REFUSE to salute ANYTHING other our stars and stripes, just like it was meant to be for all time. Socialism?? Screw you Obama, go back to whatever country your actually from and run your commie camp there! Romney wasn't rude during the debate, it's called having passion to support the American people and OUR country, something that Obama has NO desire for at all!

Randy_Marsh

Can you refute it though? Name one fact up there you can deny? I figure your diatribe wasnt that good seeing you attacked the opponent instead of siting facts to refute the accusations, Guess you have no defense and just want to attack others for your gods failings.

JACKEL

The unemployment rate will be 6% somehow Nov.1st

starryeyes83

How many people have went on disability in the last few years? I understand there has been a backlog of cases.

It always seems that particular group gets left out of the statistics. they get lumped in with seniors, and if they are SS Disability then some of them are going to qualify for extra help as far as food stamps is concerned.

deertracker

Those people are considered "takers" not makers. I thought you knew that! Silly me!

sanduskysteve

part-time jobs are still jobs - no matter what you want to believe. Also, why should we count those who stopped looking for work - THEY are the lazy ones that should be shuned - there is work out there - if they don't like the job or don't want it - t hen they can't be counted as unemployed because of the President OR his policies - they just don't wnat to work. They, then, should not be on food stamps or welfare though either.

Some of those working part-time are also on food stamps to make ends meet - so the number on welfare is NOT an indication that there are no jobs out there either.

The only reason the "numbers are wrong" is because they don't back up Romney - if they did, the numbers would be more accurate than if they were calculated by Romney himself. It's still a double-standard and the GOP is still wrong.

deertracker

Preach. LOL!

the office cat

Does it hurt to be this ignorant?
Oh yeah... "ignorance is bliss".

All of you want to keep ignoring ONE POINT about SSDI - ya can't qualify for it unless you WORKED. And spout more than words, please. Please quote SOME source for your food stamps comment. You can't bring your own facts to this forum just because the moderators agree with you.

eriemom

Why do continue to make the same statement? Are you trying to associate a disability to lazy victims? There has always been a backlog of applicants for disability insurance. What is the change?

Kimo

Re:"cooking the books."!

That's what Rush said.....
Rush Parrot?.....

LOL

There you go again

Rush didn't say it.....I did. It is called recording part time people as full time and making everything look good! Politicians do it all the time.

eriemom

Which would you say this is? A conspiracy or corruption? The unemployment number as a percent just shows trend. The trend has been down. The actual job creation number can help too. That number has increased in all sectors except two--public jobs (down) and construction (steady low).

Randy_Marsh

LOL! How many didnt they count this month? The U6 has not changed but the U3 has? Thats odd, In 4 years when everyone benifits run out we might hit 0.0%
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/...

mikel

114,000 jobs equals a 1/2%+?? hmmmmmmm the u6 numbers remain the same as last month. yeah, cookin the books!! o needs a bump after a huge failure in the first debate.

deertracker

When the numbers are bad you complain and when they are not so bad you complain. Do you people really believe you can create millions of jobs in a month? It takes time people, point is we could still be losing jobs. Minorities have been "underemployed/unemployed" for deacades so what's the fuss?

the office cat

"millions of jobs in a month"? No.
418,000 jobs in a month? OH YEAH!

samiam

Just wait. When this number is released each month, it is always "adjusted" a couple weeks later to more accurately reflect the unemployment picture. It's just another statistic that can be manipulated to say what you want it to say.

the office cat

Right! And they adjusted the 'jobs created' UP for July and August.
Oh... you thought we'd miss that, right?

The Big Dog's back

It must be terrible to be a doom and gloom Repub.

Randy_Marsh

Those facts irratate you huh? Its math, We can count.
Good news i found it!
In September, 2.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, essentially unchanged
from a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor
force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months.
They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding
the survey. (See table A-16.)
Among the marginally attached, there were 802,000 discouraged workers in September, a decline of
235,000 from a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons
not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.7
million persons marginally attached to the labor force in September had not searched for work in the 4
weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table
A-16.)
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/...
Only 2.5 million were not counted, Wonder how many will become persona non grata in next months Unemployment numbers?

deertracker

Your compassion for all those people is just.........touching. Especially when you are forced to consider how we got here. Why don't you post the stats from the previous administration since you are into "data". Only if it says what you want it to, right?

the office cat

"a decline of 235,000 (discouraged workers) from a year earlier"

OOOOOPS. didn't mean to let THAT slip through did you?

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