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 voters go to the polls Nov. 6, 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 will help 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.

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Edward Andrysiak October 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Come on Ginger...be fair. The democrats were fully in charge for the last two years of Bush and the first two years of Obama. Obama performed so bad in terms of priorities the first year into his presidency a Repub, Mitch McOnnell said he will work to oust him! As for those "goob bills" that you think were voted down for partizan reasons...look them up. The Dems have a habit of attaching a crappy bill to a good one...both sides do that! It is no wonder nothing gets passed. It should be one bill and one vote. No attachments. As For those Romney specifics you seem to crave. It is clear that his managerial style with a mixed congress is to present a GOAL and then sit down with them to dig into the detail/specifics of how to achieve it. That is what a leader does. It's a game of tell and sell. Obama, the King, thinks he has a mandate to simply tell/demand. He didn't get elected because he is such a great mind or has experience or anything else. The country was in love with the idea that he was a black man (half) and voted him in on emotion and the desire to do what they thought was the right thing, and, the hope for change...we just didn't know exactly what that change was. What we had was a slick talker who sold himself and rose to his level of incompotence...it's a classic example of "The Peter Principal." Some of that change he promised was never delivered on! If he continues on...he will bankrupt America. We need to fix the economy/deficit. Before it's to late!
Dan Lipowski October 07, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Ed, you say be fair and the 1st three things you write are all untrue. HOW CAN THE DEMS BE "FULLY IN CHARGE" IF BUSH WAS THE PRESIDENT?????????? You throw lots of opinions out here Ed. Try to educate yourself a little before you post. I could go down line for line what you wrote and a lot of it's wrong. Really don't want to argue with uninformed people. I know there are two sides in this political process, just be somewhat informed.
Edward Andrysiak October 07, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Dan...you need to do the homework. the Dems were in charge in that they were controling what was brought to the floor for a vote and how it was voted for two years of the Bush presidency...because they held the majority position. Give me your "line by line" I'd be interested in correcting my errors...if there are any.
Kerry October 08, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Ginger, the "Community Reinvestment Act" under Carter and expanded by Clinton caused the housing bubble and crash. This law said it was discrimination for banks and mortgage companies to withhold loans from those who normally could not afford them. This led to many who owned homes who never should have. They went into foreclosure at astounding rates. This caused the bubble and crash.
Kerry October 08, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Starting in 2001 ,Bush warned congress about Freddie and Fannie being in trouble 17 times . Barney Frank said Bush was wrong


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