Sound Off: Will Jobs Report Help Obama?

National figures show lowest unemployment rate in nearly four years.

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, its lowest level in nearly four years, according to figures released Friday.

High unemployment, and previous promises by President Barack Obama to keep the rate below 8 percent if the stimulus passed, have been repeated often on the campaign trail.

The next employment report is due just days before the November election, so these September figures may be the last jobs report with any impact on the election.

SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Do you think this unemployment report helps President Obama secure re-election?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

According to the Illinois Department of Economic Security, the unemployment rate in the 11 out of 12 Chicago metro areas has declined compared with a year ago, falling 1.7 points to 8.8 percent in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area. Since last August, IDES also reports the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area has seen a 1 percent increase in jobs, for a total of 35,000 new jobs. Economists suggest an ideal U.S. unemployment rate is between 4 and 6 percent.

Olddeegee October 06, 2012 at 03:40 PM
If the Democrats can control the numbers, why did they ever allow them to go up? Republicans hate anything with numbers, they're too factual for their liking.
RONALD MOLCHANOV October 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Leigh October 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
If you vote Romney what is happening to workers at the Freeport illinois plant could be coming to a town nearer to you. Wake up.
Patricia J Magee October 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
It's ashame that a country that loves the movie's "Its a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smiths Goes to Washinton" could even consider voting for Mr. Potter. I don't want to live in Pottersville. Please lets wake up. WE ARE BETTER OF THAN WE WERE 4 YRs AGO. Based on what Mr. Romney has said, leave housing market to just fail, let Detroit fail, and he seems to indicate he wants another war in the Middle east we would be in terrible shape especially in the midwest. See what Romney's Bain Capital is doing in our very own state in Freeport, that is what his ilk believes, I sorry I don't want to go back to Bush policies that put us on the brink of disaster.
Truth October 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I'm amazed at the critics of Romney, we elected someone that had zero track record, never ran a business, was a part time politician, part time professor. Romney has experience in all aspects. There is all types of spin on the Freeport subject on both sides. Find the facts, to think that someone would go into office and move jobs to China is just plain stupid.


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