Unemployment goes up, candidates get down

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HILLIARD, OH – The nation’s latest jobless numbers are out, and politicians have already started spinning their yarn.

President Obama told a crowd in Hilliard, Ohio, that ‘our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs. And, this morning, we learned that companies hired more workers in October than at any time in the last eight months.’

Those 171,000 jobs the president referred to was about the only good news in the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

October’s jobless numbers increased one percent from September to 7.9%, and that`s back to what it was when President Obama took office in 2009.

Unemployment among African-Americans rose from 1.4% to 14.3% , while Asians and Hispanics were both up one-tenth of a percent, and the rate for women rose from 7% to 7.2%.

The employment outlook for the long-term unemployed got bleaker, if that could be possible.

Uncle Sam says the jobless rate for people who have been out of work for six months or longer rose from 40.1% in September to 40.6% in October. That’s five million in people terms.

A loud and proud crowd showed up for Mitt Romney in Wisconsin to count down the days to next Tuesday’s election.

‘As you know, at the Obama rallies they’re shouting four more years, four more years.  And I just heard you. We’re shouting four more days, all right?’

Both President Obama and Gov. Romney and their campaigns will rack up the frequent flyer miles during the last days of this campaign. The president will be in Ohio for three grassroots events before heading back to Washington. Romney will close out his Wisconsin campaign and hop down to Ohio for two rallies.

Overall, the candidates and their running mates will move through the eight battleground states in these last four days, as they try to convince the undecided to decide on them.