Weak jobs report fuels criticism, may hurt Obama’s campaign

Sluggish growth draws fire from GOP

US employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, the third straight month of weak hiring and a potential setback for the campaign to reelect President Obama, who on Friday called on voters to take a long view of the slowly recovering economy, but was slammed by rivals for the persistently dismal jobs numbers.

Job creation has slowed since the beginning of the year, the Labor Department said Friday, with a monthly average of just 75,000 new jobs added from April through June, one-third of the pace in the first three months of the year. The nation’s unemployment rate remained 8.2 percent in June, unchanged from the previous month.

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