The statistics on unemployment figures in the U.S. has come as a disappointment to President Barack Obama – the latest report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates an addition of 96,000 jobs in August.
This is much less than what had been expected.
However, the unemployment rate was down from 8.3% to 8.1% - due to the fact that more people have stopped looking for jobs.
This was reported in bbc.com on Sept. 8.
President Obama campaigned in the key swing states of New Hampshire and Iowa on Friday – he had with him first lady, Vice President and his wife.
President Obama has told the people that there is a need to create more jobs faster – "We need to fill the hole left by this recession faster."
His objective is clear - the entire country should rally around a set of goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit.
That, in his opinion, is achievable and would result in new jobs and more opportunities and, consequently, rebuilding the economy on a stronger foundation.
But his Republican adversaryhas immediately seized upon these figures and has pointed out to the American people that Obama cannot deliver.
He reminded in a campaign rally in Iowa that President Obama had promised to the people that the unemployment would have been brought down to at 5.4 percent but, it is still hovering at the 8.4 perecent mark.
Romney informed voters that if it had really been brought down to 5.4%, there would have been nine million more Americans employed today. Obama does not know how to reduce the gap, Romney said, but he does.
Romney’s vice presidental running mate Paul Ryan added his two-cents worth by saying that the president gave a big speech, that Obama he has a knack at giving great speeches but is bad at creating jobs.
In order to gain an edge over the incumbent President Obama, the Romney campaign has released 15 anti-Obama ads targeting the eight swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
These are the states where Romney feels he can make a difference.
Reacting to Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Charlotte, he said that in 2008, Obama had made many promises that have not yet been fulfilled.
With the candidates running neck-to-neck, and are piling out all the stops, it is to be seen how the situation will change on a day-to-day basis over the next two months.
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