News / USA

US Jobless Rate Dips to 7.8 Percent

US Unemployment Falls to 7.8 Percenti
|| 0:00:00
X
Mil Arcega
October 06, 2012 12:52 AM
The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 7.8 percent in September, the first time it has dipped below 8 percent in 44 months. Despite only modest gains last month, revisions to the Labor Department's job numbers in July and August show the economy added more jobs than were initially reported. The key government report comes just one month ahead of presidential elections that could hinge on the economy. But as Mil Arcega reports, some say the job numbers don't tell the whole story.

US Unemployment Falls to 7.8 Percent

VOA News
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.
US unemployment graphi F1 US unemployment
"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.

You May Like

Mali's Female Basketball Players Rebound After Islamist Occupation

Islamist extremists ruled northern Mali for most of 2012, imposing strict Sharia law, and now some 18 months later, the region is slowly getting back on its feet More

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

Many Chinese-made products go unsold, for now, with numerous Vietnamese consumers still angry over recent dispute More

Koreas Mark 61st Anniversary of War Armistice

Muted observances on both sides of heavily-armed Demilitarized Zone that separates two decades-long enemies More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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!!

In Response

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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Students in Business for Themselvesi
X
Mike O'Sullivan
July 26, 2014 11:04 AM
They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid