Unemployment numbers boost Obama
The Kansas City Star
The drop in the unemployment rate will help to buoy President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes.
The Labor Department on Friday reported that the jobless rate fell from 8.1 percent in August. About 114,000 workers were added to the economy.
The numbers will be discussed a lot ahead of the Nov. 6 presidential election because they provide the latest data on how well the economy is doing. Obama will use them to say the country is headed in the right direction.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will point to the unemployment data, saying it’s still too high, and he has the right plan for a turnaround. (People need to ask, “But which way?)
This November’s balloting certainly will test the trend that no sitting president has ever won re-election with the jobless rate above 7.2 percent.
After Obama’s lackluster performance in the first televised presidential debate this week, the drop in the unemployment numbers must seem like a winning lottery ticket for Obama’s campaign.