jobs

"Jobs" and related terms ("unemployment", "employment", "back to work", "jobless recovery") have been used a total of 2199 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: Every politician's going to promise to create them. They'll also accuse their opponents of destroying them.

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Barbara Boxer (D)

13,4,3,3,3,0,0,4

  • Last 7 days: 4 uses (up 400% over last week)
  • Overall: 30 uses since Aug. 30

Michael Steele (RNC) (R)

2,11,1,1,8,5,0,3

  • Last 7 days: 3 uses (up 300% over last week)
  • Overall: 31 uses since Aug. 30

Republicans

50,67,56,59,138,111,115,72

  • Last 7 days: 72 uses (down 37% from last week)
  • Overall: 668 uses since Aug. 30

Candidates

169,118,124,120,204,181,169,117

  • Last 7 days: 117 uses (down 31% from last week)
  • Overall: 1202 uses since Aug. 30

'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.

Word To Watch: October 8, 2010

Analysis

After Jobs Report, Republicans Have A Lot To Say

October 8, 2010 We thought today's news from the Labor Department about the September jobs report would generate a lot of comment from among those we're tracking in Fighting Words. But we didn't predict how one-sided the discussion would be for the first few hours, at least.

It's the Republicans, so far, who want to point to the weak job growth and say it's evidence that Democratic economic policies aren't working. The Democrats in our database, as of this hour, aren't saying much.

As of 1:30 p.m. ET, there were 40 "hits" on the word "jobs" in our database today. All but 5 were from Republicans.

One example of the GOP commentary:

Rep. Roy Blunt, who's running for the Senate from his home state of Missouri, tweets that "What's at stake in this election? Jobs." And he tells folks to "read my plan: http://bit.ly/c0TRTv."

Another:

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle, who's challenging Sen. Harry Reid for his seat, asks "is there any doubt that Harry Reid's economic policies aren't working?"

The most on-point Democratic comment so far:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted:

"863,000 private sector #jobs in 2010 (more this year than in 8 years of bush) - we must do more. http://bit.ly/be3JOZ

-- Mark Memmott

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Marco Rubio (R)

  • Week of Oct. 8:
    uses of "jobs"
...Labor Statistics unemployment report: "Behind this unemployment report is the real tragedy of millions of willing workers who can't find jobs because Washington has created a climate of paralyzing uncertainty for the real job creators in America. Across Florida, employers...

— via RSS (October 8)

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Nancy Pelosi (D)

  • Week of Oct. 8:
    uses of "jobs"
...863,000 private sector # jobs created in 2010 (more this year than in 8 years of Bush)-we must do more. http://bit.ly/be3JOZ...

— via Twitter (October 8)

Word To Watch: October 5, 2010

Analysis

It's All About Jobs

October 5, 2010 As we launch this project, there's no better word to start with than "jobs." Any way we measure it, "jobs" and words closely related to it (unemployment, jobless recovery and others), easily top the list as the No. 1 thing on candidates' -- and voters' -- minds and lips. Over the past several weeks, "jobs" been mentioned about 1,500 times by those we're tracking.

The reason is obvious: With the unemployment rate stuck close to 10%, voters want to know what the politicians are going to do to create more jobs. Expect to hear a lot more about all that Friday, after the Labor Department releases figures on the September unemployment rate.

"Jobs" is a hot word in hot races, as you might imagine. Two of the candidates talking about them the most are Democrat Bill White, who's running for governor of Texas, and Republican Rob Portman, Senate candidate in Ohio. Both are in competitive contests. -- Mark Memmott

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Rob Portman (R)

  • Week of Oct. 5:
    uses of "jobs"
...another small biz in Toledo concerned about taxes going up at year end, making it harder to invest in jobs ....

— via Twitter (October 4)

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Bill White (D)

  • Week of Oct. 5:
    uses of "jobs"
Texas leads the nation in minimum wage jobs , Rick Perry is only focused on keeping his own high-wage job.

— via (September 29)

Recent uses of "jobs"

...are officially open! Don't wait, go vote early today for the outsider who has a plan to create 700,000 jobs and will get Florida back to work. I would be honored to have your vote. Let's get to work!...

Rick Scott, via Facebook (November 2)

...a clear choice in this election between an Obama liberal and a conservative outsider with 35 years experience creating jobs. Read this Newsmax article and share it with your friends:...

Rick Scott, via Facebook (November 2)

...Polls are officially open in FL! I ask for your vote so we can get Florida back to work. Visit www.VoteRickScott.com to help GOTV. #flgov...

Rick Scott, via Twitter (November 2)

...are officially open! Don't wait, go vote early today for the outsider who has a plan to create 700,000 jobs and will get Florida back to work. I would be honored to have your vote. Let's get to work!...

Rick Scott, via Facebook (November 2)

...Texas with inclusive new leadership. Vote to reel in skyrocketing insurance, utility and tuition rates. Vote to bring high-wage jobs to the hardest-working state in the nation. Vote for a governor who'll put taxpayers first, instead of giving taxpayer-funded...

Bill White, via RSS (November 2)

...mobilized Texans who want a governor looking out for them, a governor who will improve our schools, attract high-wage jobs and get results on border security," said Katy Bacon, campaign spokesperson. "After 25 years in office, Rick Perry has left...

Bill White, via RSS (November 1)

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