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Analysis

For Obama, a jobs report that keeps stinging

Campaigning across Ohio on Thursday, President Obama walked a line between talk of economic optimism and expressions of economic realism. On Friday, reality hit home with a vengeance as the latest jobs report showed the economy added just 80,000 jobs in June and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent.

A month ago, the nation’s May jobs report was a shocker, not just because the number of new jobs added--69,000--was so dismal but also because it was far below forecasts. Friday’s report was less surprising--it fell well within the bounds of predictions--but it may have carried as much or more weight politically for the president because it fell in with a months-long trend of weak economic growth.

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