Las Vegas Sun

August 30, 2014

Currently: 100° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Obama: Jobs report shows economy is on right track

Image

Carolyn Kaster / AP

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at George Mason University, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Fairfax, Va.

FAIRFAX, Va.— President Barack Obama says an encouraging jobs report shows that the country has made too much progress to turn back to the policies that he says led the nation into an economic crisis.

Obama got much-needed good news Friday following his disappointing debate performance as the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent. That's the lowest it's been since he took office in 2009.

At a campaign event in suburban Washington, Obama said the report was "a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now."

Cheers erupted from the crowd at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., when Obama noted that the jobless rate is now at its lowest level since he became president.

Republican rival Mitt Romney says Obama still hasn't done enough to create jobs.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 4 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. What happened to all the new work permits for illegals? Perhaps 2 million more illegals in the work force in VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW. So instead of 7.8, we have 9.7% UNEMPLOYMENT.

  2. "the country has made too much progress" ???? Not in everyones' eyes.
    The policies that got us in the mess in the first place, giving unqualified people mortgages with little money down has been stopped so I don't think anyone will disagree that won't be coming back anytime soon..

  3. Most of the new jobs were part time and many people just gave up looking for a job so they were not counted as unemployed. This is a recovery?

  4. <<Take away seasonable summer employment by students the unemployment numbers are still very high. Ask someone who is looking for a decent job. There are just none out there. No one is hiring>>

    Seasonable summer employment???? By Students???
    Seasonable summer employment ended about two months ago in most parts of the country. Of course, those "seasonable summer" jobs are finally finished there in Vegas. The pools are closing.

    Try checking out other parts of the country where there are plenty of jobs and companies are hiring FULL TIME employees.

    When I was looking for a job, I opened a separate email address specifically used for seeking employment. I still have it. At least 3 times a week, I STILL get emails from Las Vegas firms who are hiring. I get emails from headhunters in Vegas with job listings - so don't tell me there are no decent jobs for professionals in Vegas. And these are not minimum wage positions, but positions that pay a decent salary. But then it is that uneducated workforce that could never get any of those positions which keep your unemployment number so high in Nevada.