Unemployment numbers “bleak;” White House spinners weak; Dems freak

A bad ending for President Obama and the DNC’s bad week:

Team Romney reacts:

Gobsmacking spin from the Dems. This is from the same WH operative who attacked Ann Romney for not being part of the workforce:


Spin, lapdoggies, spin:


Jobs growth slowed more than expected in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in November.

Nonfarm payrolls increased only 96,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. While the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, it was largely due to Americans giving up the search for work.

The report’s weak tenor was also underscored by revisions to June and July data to show 41,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported. The labor force participation rate, or the percentage of Americans who either have a job or are looking for one, fell to 63.5 percent — the lowest since September 1981.

The lackluster report keeps the pressure on Obama ahead of the November vote in which the health of the economy looms large.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected payrolls to rise 125,000 last month, but some had pushed their forecasts higher after upbeat data on Thursday.

The economy has experienced three years of growth since the 2007-09 recession, but the expansion has been grudging and the jobless rate has held above 8 percent for more than three years — the longest stretch since the Great Depression.

Forget the MSM “fact-checkers.” Twitter’s got all the reality check you need:



And a much-needed reminder:

  • Mike Kerns

    I wish Hilary Rosen would leave the “workforce.”

    • Garth Haycock

      I don’t. Everytime she says something she reminds folks why Obama is a complete failure as POTUS.

      “Entrepenuers and self employed leave the ‘work force’. That is a hopeful thing. People leaving aren’t necessarily bad.”

      So it’s good when small businesses go out of business? Thanks, Ms. Rosen! Nothing the Romney camp could say would be as good of an argument to get rid or Obama.

    • TomJB

      Someone should ask Jay Carney what all those other Hilary Rosens he knows think of the numbers

  • Neil Leininger

    Let’s just call a spade a spade here, Obama is pitiful for the American people and economy. It’s hilarious to hear the spin about 43 straight months of + jobs, like that wouldn’t have happened without the stimuli and Obamacare. The question everyone should be asking is how many more jobs would have been created if Obama had sat on his hands and did nothing. I would wager to guess it would have been more than what is being seen right now.

    Reform the tax code reduce the rate.
    Eliminate all forms of subsidies both ag and non-ag.

  • allenbarr

    let the giveouts start in earnest now. when we turn into a socialist country those getting these handouts will be forced into working. are you liberals still holding onto hope and change now. keep that faith in your hope and change president. preety soon you will see food rationing, go for it lefties.

  • stuckinIL4now

    So today is bleaky, weaky, freaky Friday? Can’t wait till 60 days from today–pick and choose day, bad news for the Dooms day, election Tuesday bluesday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevkrom Kevin Krom

    Population growth +212,000
    Workforce participation size -368,000
    People employed -119,000
    People unemployed (but still looking for work) -250,000

    Every single person who is no longer unemployed is accounted for by the reduction in the size of the labor force. Plus, nearly 120,000 additional net jobs were lost. And that doesn’t even account for additional jobs needed for the population increase.

    If the labor force size had remained constant to the previous month, the unemployment rate would have risen to 8.4%. Using the labor participation rate from January 2009, unemployment is up over 11%.

    This isn’t a “inherited” situation — Obama sold himself in 2008 as having the answers for the economic problems, but things have gotten progressively worse over the last four years. “It could have been worse” is unprovable partisan spin, not economic analysis.

  • Craig A. Conrad

    It’s a wonder to me how 96K jobs is spun as a good thing when the US population increases by more than 200K a month. So that’s approximately 200K needed each month to maintain the samee percentage of unemployed and more if you want that number to drop. All the spin in the world doesn’t cover the glaring shortfall in jobs needed!!!

  • BeeKaaay

    Americans stop looking for work because the federal government has policies that are downright evil.
    * All IT jobs go to India or Indians with H1B visa.
    * All call center jobs go to India.
    * All oil and gas jobs to anywhere but America
    * All manufacturing jobs go to China
    * All manual labor jobs go to illegal aliens.
    * All government jobs go to cronies.

    NO WONDER people cannot find work!