A flat jobs report was released Friday. Only 80,000 jobs were created in the month of June. The unemployment rate remained at 8.2%. President Barack downplayed the report and his opponent Mitt Romney blames the President and points to his plan for job creation.
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Obama downplays weak jobs report; Romney blames him
President Barack Obama downplayed a weak jobs report Friday as he wrapped up a two-day bus tour to critical states in the November election, while Republicans pounced on the news to declare the president's policies have failed.
Stock prices dropped sharply at the opening bellÂ on the report that the economy created 80,000 jobs in June, well below the number needed to bring down the 8.2% unemployment rate.
At a campaign event in Poland, Ohio, Obama said the job growth - while smaller than needed - continued a trend that has added 4.4 million jobs in the past 28 months following what he called "the worst economic crisis of our lifetime."
"That's a step in the right direction," Obama contended.
Republicans, however, called the weak growth a result of Obama policies that don't work.