The nation's jobless rate since President Obama took office.
January 6, 2012 The unemployment rate is near a three-year low and there were 1.9 million private-sector jobs added to payrolls last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
January 6, 2012 The most-anticipated story of the morning seems to be the December jobs and unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET.
December 2, 2011 News of a fairly dramatic month-to-month drop in the jobless rate in November, down to 8.6 percent from 9 percent the month before, is guaranteed to trigger a feverish round of speculation as to what it means for the 2012 general election. At first blush, it seems like good news for those Americans getting work and for those hoping to keep their jobs, first and foremost President Obama.
A job fair in San Francisco last month.
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December 2, 2011 The highly anticipated news brought a surprise: The unemployment rate had been expected to stay at 9 percent. But it fell in part because of an increase in the number of "discouraged" workers. They've given up looking for jobs.
November 4, 2011 The jobless rate had been 9.1 percent in September. The gain in payrolls was modest.
November 4, 2011 The general consensus among economists is that there were about 95,000 jobs added to payrolls in October and that the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. While "frustratingly slow," that could be another sign the economy is on the mend.
November 3, 2011 At 397,000, claims were down 9,000 from the previous week. That signals some improvement in the labor market. We'll get more data Friday when the government reports on the October unemployment rate.
October 7, 2011 Economists were expecting to hear that the jobless rate remained unchanged. The job growth figure is slightly better than was forecast.
The economy officially slipped into recession in December 2007 and officially came out in mid-2009. Here's a look at the number of jobs from January 2007 through August of this year.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
September 2, 2011 The news comes as President Obama and his Republican rivals prepare their plans for boosting employment.
September 2, 2011 The August employment report, due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent and that fewer jobs were added to payrolls than in July.
August 5, 2011 In the next five years, more than 1 million military personnel will try to make the transition to the U.S. job market. And they might face a rocky path: The unemployment rate for post-Sept. 11 veterans is 13.3 percent — about 4 points higher than the national average.
July 8, 2011 Economists had expected better news. Private payrolls grew by just 57,000. Cuts at government agencies pulled the overall figure down even more. Previous months' job growth figures were revised down.
June 3, 2011 For Obama, there just may not be enough time for the economy to turn around appreciably enough to help his re-election prospects. Election cycles just don't align with economic cycles.
May 6, 2011 If President Obama could send Navy SEAL commandos into action to find, say, a six percent jobless rate the way they cornered Osama bin Laden, Democrats might feel a lot more confidence about the 2012 election landscape than they do.
May 6, 2011 It's often the case that as the economy gains strength and employment begins to go up, the jobless rate remains high or even rises a bit as more people begin to look for work and get counted as part of the labor force.
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