…unexpectedly, of course. Remember that these numbers do not include the people that have completely given up looking for work. My brother was laid off last week.

And the SCOAMF is worried about Romney’s tax returns. What a douche bag.

Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in only two states and were unchanged in four.

Unemployment rates rose in nine states that are considered battlegrounds in the presidential election. That trend, if it continued, could pose a threat to President Barack Obama’s re-election bid in less than three months.

Nationwide, hiring improved in July after three months of tepid job gains. But the national unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent. Monthly job gains have averaged 150,000 this year. That’s barely enough to accommodate population growth. As a result, the unemployment rate is the same as when the year began.

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  1. Jerry says:

    First of all I appreciate this post. My concern is that the article you have chosen is just another article that only skims the surface of the issue. Our Government has been lying for years about unemployment statistics. What these reports fail to show us is that they purposely exclude several key statistics that make their report look good. The largest statistic they fail to show us is the fact that once an individual has been unemployed for over 12 months is they magically disappear from the report. You know, like they hit the reset button and they are only showing us what they want in order to make things look better. I can tell you that there is a huge number of people you have not been able to find a job for over a year. They real unemployment rate is closer to 20%. Do we forget that Congress had to pass bills to extend unemployment to those who have not been able to find work for over 12 months? We need to wake up people! Our government cannot be trusted. We need to make the change in November and vote this rag tag “Chicago” bully out of the White House! Too many people are hurting and have lost hope. We need to be their voice since many have lost theirs.

    • 1IDVET says:

      Hi Jerry,
      You make a great point.
      I have commented on this before, and find myself just posting the numbers as of late.
      I’ll make a point of stating that the numbers disregard the long term unemployed, and are basically numbers that the government uses to make itself look good.