Our right-wing ideologues are committed to the same policies that produced the Great Recession. Though many American voters have a fuzzy comprehension of the enormity of this economic disaster – or what has been needed to climb back out from the bottom – Republicans will no more admit to the success of the Obama administration at turning things round than their own responsibility for the disaster they caused.
Unemployment rates fell in 41 states and the District of Columbia last month, reflecting a sharp drop in the nation’s jobless rate just weeks before the presidential election…
Among key swing states in the presidential race, the jobless rate declined in nine, was unchanged in two and increased in one.
The national unemployment rate was 7.8% in September. That was down from 8.1% in August and 9% in September 2011.
The 12 presidential battleground states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Nevada and Iowa posted the largest declines, with the jobless rate falling to 11.8% from 12.1% in Nevada, and to 5.2% from 5.5% in Iowa…
Overall, Nevada continued to have the highest unemployment rate, at 11.8%, followed by Rhode Island, at 10.5%, and California’s 10.2%. North Dakota, which is benefiting from an oil boom, continued to have the lowest rate at 3%.
Among regions, unemployment was highest in the West last month and lowest in the Midwest.
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