Unemployment Rate Drops to 4-Year Low

The 7.8 percent figure in the latest Labor Department report represents the second-to-last data on joblessness that voters will see before the election. 

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Reuters reported on Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in September, a four-year-low that could help the president's bid for re-election. That latest Labor Department report from which the data were derived is the the second-to-last one before voters go to the polls Nov. 6:

The Labor Department said on Friday the unemployment rate, a key focus in the race for the White House, dropped by 0.3 percentage point to its lowest point since January 2009.

A survey of households from which the jobless rate is derived showed 873,000 job gains last month, the most since June 1983. The drop in unemployment came even as Americans come back into the labor force to resume the hunt for work. The workforce had shrank in the prior two months.

The household survey is volatile. A survey of business establishments showed employers added 114,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, a touch above economists' expectations for 113,000 jobs. Employment for July and August was revised to show 86,000 more jobs created than previous reported ...

"Today's employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression," Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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