At 7.8% U.S. Jobless rate drops to lowest level in 44 months

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Photo: Chris Prevatt

The U.S. Department of Labor announced this morning that the jobless rate has dropped below 8 % for the first time in almost four years. The number of people reporting they’re employed has jumped by 873,000 in the month of September. The percentage of unemployed dropped from 8.1% to a 44-month low.

The numbers, released a month before election day, demonstrated in no uncertain terms, that our national economy is on the rebound. The jobs polices of the Obama administration have reversed the greatest national recession since the Great Depression. The number of employed Americans is nearly where it was when President Obama took office.

Today’s jobs report provides a boost to Obama’s reelection campaign countering the myth, promoted by Mitt Romney and his Republican campaign, that the nation is worse off than it was when the President took office. The numbers show, that Obama’s policy of investing in America, and American jobs, is working. It is working in spite of the concerted effort by the Republicans in Congress to block every effort to support economic recovery.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement on the September 2012 Employment Situation report released today:

“Our nation’s labor market added 114,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in September, while the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, its lowest level since January 2009. Additionally, 86,000 more Americans found jobs in July and August than had been previously reported.

“The significant drop in the jobless rate was driven by people going back to work, not leaving the labor force. We saw unemployment drop for every group across the board last month. The fastest-growing group of new hires was young people ages 20 to 24 — a very encouraging sign for our country’s future.

“Overall, the monthly drop in the unemployment rate is part of a larger trend that has seen the jobless rate fall by 1.2 percent over the last year.

“As many more Americans found work in September, we’re also seeing other indications of a strengthening labor market and a quickening recovery. New Unemployment Insurance claims are down to pre-recession levels, consumer confidence is near a five-year high, and the number of people laid off last month was at the lowest level ever reported.

“I’m encouraged by September’s growth. It comes even as the worst drought in 25 years placed heavy burdens on our farmers, and Hurricane Isaac disrupted oil and gas production in the Gulf. We’ve reversed course and achieved a level of stability hard to imagine when the economic crisis began in December 2007.

“New preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that we’ve now added nearly 5.2 million private sector jobs over 31 straight months of job growth. That’s a striking contrast to the nearly 800,000 jobs a month we were losing at the end of the previous administration. The unemployment rate today is as low as it has been since any time President Obama has been in office.

“President Obama’s economic policies are working. It is remarkable to consider the progress we’ve made despite the relative absence of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. If more lawmakers show a willingness to work across the aisle in the future, I’m confident we can accelerate these gains even more rapidly. The key to our future job growth is to keep tax cuts in place for small businesses and middle-class families, and to make smart investments in infrastructure, energy and job training. That’s how we’ll build a sustained recovery and create an economy that’s truly built to last for the middle class.”

Enough Said!

  2 comments for “At 7.8% U.S. Jobless rate drops to lowest level in 44 months

  1. October 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Oh! – SURPRISE – Surprise – surprise.
    When the Labor Force, – (Those seeking employment), – is reduced then the unemployment percent will also be less.

    “Making 9 Million Jobless “Vanish”: How The Government Manipulates Unemployment Statistics
    By Daniel R. Amerman, CFA

    “When we pierce through this statistical smoke and mirrors and factor back in those 9 million jobless whom the government has defined out of existence, then the true unemployment rate is 19.9% and rising, and not 8.3% and falling.”

  2. cook
    October 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    In unemployment claims, the tiers that added up to 99 weeks (2 years) were cancelled and dropped about a year ago.

    The effect of dropping EU and tiers 1 to 4 would be a huge drop in claims and therefore a drop in unemployment according to the government counts.

    Accordingly the last people collecting the extensions would have dropped off the rolls in late August and the counting and tabulations occur after the fact, now (Oct. ) would be the first time those show up in the statistics.

    Who would’ve known that canceling the extensions would have had such an impact on the governments count now?

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