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Digging into the unemployment stats

October 9, 2012
The Journal

Last week's national unemployment report contained some good news for President Barack Obama. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, the lowest it has been since shortly after the president took office.

But the deeper one looks into the statistics, the less promising the news, according to Bob Collins, a blogger with Minnesota Public Radio. Collins, pointing out that conservatives claim the White House "cooked the books" said if that's true, the president did a poor job of it. The report also shows:

There are more people taking part-time jobs (from 8.0 million in August to 8.6 million in September) because of hour cutbacks or being unable to find full-time work.

10 percent of Iraq veterans are unemployed.

As President Obama said when the numbers were announced, the nation seems to be making progress, but there is a lot of work remaining to be done. The question is, is Obama the best choice to get it done?



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