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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Romney Unimpressed With Unemployment Drop

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October 5, 2012

Reacting to Friday's announcement of unemployment dropping below 8 percent, Mitt Romney said the slowly improving economic climate "is not what a real recovery looks like."

"We created fewer jobs in September than in August, and fewer jobs in August than in July, and we’ve lost over 600,000 manufacturing jobs since President Obama took office," Romney said in a statement. "If not for all the people who have simply dropped out of the labor force, the real unemployment rate would be closer to 11 percent."

On the campaign trail, Romney frequently has rolled out the statistic of 43 straight months of the jobless figure being above 8 percent. He indicated that he will now be using different numbers.

 

"The results of President Obama's failed policies are staggering – 23 million Americans struggling for work, nearly one in six living in poverty and 47 million people dependent on food stamps to feed themselves and their families," he said.

 

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