Employment Report is Campaign Fodder
SPARKS, NV - Republicans are fueling their attacks on President Barack Obama today with the latest job numbers, which show that fewer than 100,000 jobs were created last month.
It's new evidence that the economic recovery is painfully slow.
Campaigning today in Nevada, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Obama isn't a bad guy — he's just "really bad" at creating jobs.
And Mitt Romney tells Fox News that Obama has done "almost nothing" to give the American people confidence that he knows what he's doing when it comes to jobs and the economy.
Romney says Obama tried, "but he didn't understand what it takes to make our economy work."
Obama is conceding that the economy needs to create jobs faster. But he says recovering from the recession is "a long, tough journey."
The Labor Department says U.S. employers added just 96,000 jobs last month as the number of people in the work force dropped to its lowest level in 31 years. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent, but only because more people gave up looking for work.