Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

Bridget Johnson


September 7, 2012 - 5:34 am

President Obama got a mixed jobs report the morning after his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August.

Total jobs added, though, were just 96,000, far short of the 130,000 expected by analysts.

Employment increased in food services and “drinking places,” in professional and technical services, and in healthcare, according to the report.

Both the civilian labor force (154.6 million) and the labor force participation rate (63.5 percent) declined in August.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 5.0 million. These individuals accounted for 40.0 percent of the unemployed.

June and July data were also revised to show 41,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported.


White House: Jobs Report ‘Further Evidence’ that Recovery is Working

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
Click here to view the 35 legacy comments

Comments are closed.