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Politics

Obama gets lift on jobs front

Unemployment rate below 8%; Romney says progress too slow

WASHINGTON – President Obama got an unexpected boost on Friday, with the unemployment rate dropping below 8 percent for the first time since he took office and providing him with new ammunition in his battle to convince voters that his economic policies are working, albeit slowly.

“More Americans entered the workforce, more people are getting jobs,” Obama told a boisterous crowd at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. “We are moving forward again.”

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