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    US Jobless Rate Dips to 7.8 Percent

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    The U.S. jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, the first time in 44 months it had dipped below the 8-percent level.

    In a key government report, one month ahead of the country's presidential election, the U.S. said Friday the country's labor market added 114,000 jobs last month. It also revised the estimate for new hiring in July and August sharply upward, saying the economy added 86,000 more jobs than initially calculated.

    The August unemployment rate had been pegged at 8.1 percent, and some economists predicted it would edge even higher in September. The U.S. Labor Department said the figure dropped because employers added more part-time workers last month.

    The state of the American economy, the world's largest, is at the center of the political campaign for the November 6 election. President Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, and his Republican challenger, wealthy businessman Mitt Romney, sparred repeatedly in their debate this week about who could boost job growth more during the next four years.

    Romney called the latest jobs report "not what a real recovery looks like." Obama noted that the jobless rate is now at its lowest point since he took office. Obama said economic challenges remain, but criticized Republican attempts to downplay the favorable report.
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    "But today's news certainly is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political points. It's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now," Obama said.

    Since World War II, no U.S. president has been re-elected to a second term with a national jobless rate above 7.4 percent.

    Romney says that if he is elected his economic program will produce 12 million new jobs.  Obama points to the 5.2 million new jobs that he says have been added to the economy in the last two and a half years.  A recent government reassessment of hiring showed there has been a modest net gain of jobs during his White House tenure, after millions were lost in the early months of his term.

    More than 12 million workers remain unemployed, with millions more working at part-time jobs or employed in ones they consider beneath their skill level. But the government said the number of jobless workers dropped by 465,000 in September.

    The United States has struggled to recover from its steep economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, the worst recession in the country since the Great Depression in the 1930s. In the government's most recent accounting, the U.S. economy advanced a meager 1.3 percent in the April-to-June period.

    The country's central bank has kept its key benchmark borrowing rate at near zero percent for an extended period. But several attempts by the Federal Reserve to boost the economy through purchase of government and real estate-related securities seem to have had a limited effect on advancing the recovery.

    Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    October 06, 2012 9:39 AM
    Revised sharply upward, added 86,000 jobs in retrospect, hmn? What an economy! How many people have been penalized for that false reporting for July and August job performance? I bet no one. This America sef! They will do anything in the name of democracy to force in someone on the people just because he belongs. Well anyway, the unemployment remains a dismal 7.8% which is not a favorable number. Obama is at his wits end in this matter, believe it or not. I believe he's made his mark as the first blackman to rule America, but his effort has not yielded the much desired result, and he's not been able to match his words with action because, like it or not, his connection has not been able to link him with what it takes to succeed at the job. Shouting eureka at 7.8% unemployment does look like you're out of the woods, really? Not yet. Let someone else try.

    by: NVO from: USA
    October 05, 2012 12:21 PM
    The media is controlled by the Rockefeller family! People, WAKE UP! The media will only tell you what you think you should hear, because they, again, are controlled by NEW WORLD ORDER proponents!!
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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    October 06, 2012 9:46 AM
    "The media will only tell you what they want you to hear", that's the whole truth, and that's why opinions that do not favor the candidate of their choice hardly get published. Thanks NVO (USA), your contribution is pretty revealing.

    by: Jillian Galloway from: local
    October 05, 2012 10:01 AM
    If we're really interested in creating jobs and protecting children then we should legalize marijuana like beer and wine. American taxpayers are being forced to pay $40 Billion a year for a prohibition that causes 10,000 brutal murders & 800,000 needless arrests each year, but which doesn't even stop CHILDREN getting marijuana.

    After seventy-five years of prohibition, it's obvious that the federal marijuana prohibition causes FAR more harm than good and must END! Drug Dealers Don't Card, Supermarkets Do.

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