A sobering economic snapshot intensified the presidential campaign on Friday as President Barack Obama rolled through two vote-rich battleground states and Republican Mitt Romney fended off conservative complaints about his plan for winning.
Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.The Labor Department says employers added 117,000 jobs last month. That's an improvement from the past two months."
There are more than 25 million Americans who are either unemployed or can't find full-time work.Nationwide, the broader unemployment rate, which tracks this group, is 16.2 percent. But the rate varies widely from state to state, according to the latest numbers from the BLS.
State officials say unemployment in all 12 Illinois metro areas dropped in May, and all but three of those regions added jobs or were unchanged. The Illinois Department of Employment Security put out its monthly metro and county-level unemployment stats today.
The latest government data suggest some states are recovering much faster than others from the recession, including a few that were hit the hardest. U.S. companies have added jobs for 12 straight months, but the gains have been uneven.The U.S.