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SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Unemployment Rate Up in Half of the States, Including Pennsylvania

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One of the “hot topics” of the upcoming Presidential election are unemployment rates in the United States. With both candidates making claims of lowering unemployment rates and this nations nearly $16 Trillion dollars of debt, what are the facts?

Well, unemployment rates have rose in more than half of U.S. states within the last month. The labor department said Friday that rates increased in 26 states, including Pennsylvania. They fell in 12 states and were unchanged in the other 12.

Will the public believe President Obama’s claims? Or will they vote for someone new? How relevant is this to the election process?

Well unemployment rose in seven of the 11 swing states in this year’s Presidential election. The nations unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent last month from 8.3. But this was only because many people gave up looking for work. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively searching for jobs.

In Pennsylvania, the unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent from 7.9 percent… It was 7.4 percent in may.

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