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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.

Alexis de Tocqueville October 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Yeah, right Two days after he gets it handed to him in a debate, everything is suddenly a-okay? He saved the day! This guy is a disaster. Everything dies that he touches, like the economy, the country, ambassadors in Libya….. Sad, but true. This man will stop at nothing to be re-elected so he can keep on sucking the life out of America.
Nan M. October 06, 2012 at 11:21 AM
The jobs report is a sham. "Hope and Change? NOT. The only "hope" we have is for a "change" in Presidents come November 6.
Kathi October 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The jobs report is not a sham. There are no political appointees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even the even agency head (a political appointee) is being temporarily filled by a civil servant. These are career civil servant number crunchers of ALL political parties. Why is it so hard for right-wingers to believe that our economy is slowly improving? Can they not think for themselves and do a little research? Does their hatred for our President cloud common sense?
Spiro Garbis October 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
The data is a rolling 2 year period, so if your unemployed more than 2 years your not in the figure. We net added 114,000 jobs half our historic average which includes picks in part time work. The stock market finished mixed on the data with the NASDAQ finishing down. The liberal media leaves these facts out. Let's hope Romney wins!
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
WHEN DOES THE PRESIDENT EVER GOING TO STAND UP AND GET REAL IN WORLD POLITICS WE DONT NEED 4 MORE YEARS
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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