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Deflating Jobs Report May Not Move The Needle On The Election

Republicans cast the Labor Department report showing another month of sluggish economic growth as evidence that President Obama's policies have failed. Democrats said the recovery will take more time and that the partisan impasse in Congress has hampered progress. But analysts say the latest numbers likely won't change voters' minds.
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The U.S. Economy Since 2008: Who's Better Off And Who Isn't

Analysts weigh in on the questions front and center at both party conventions: Who's better off, who isn't and how the economy has changed since 2008.

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What August Job Numbers Mean

The Labor Department reported that the economy added 96,000 jobs in August, far fewer than analysts had predicted. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, an indication that more people moved out of the workforce. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest unemployment numbers with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.
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Close Read: Obama's Speech And The Jobs Numbers

Hours after President Obama delivered his speech at the Democratic convention, the latest unemployment report provided a reminder of what's at stake. The unemployment rate dropped, but the number of jobs created was below expectations for August. For more on the latest economic data and a close read of Obama's speech, Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk with NPR's Ari Shapiro, Julie Rovner and Yuki Noguchi.
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Just 96,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls; Unemployment Rate Dips To 8.1 Percent

Job growth was weak — yet another sign that the sluggish economy continues to struggle to produce jobs.
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This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One

Peter Frew has a rare skill and all the orders he can handle. But making suits by hand is a tough business.

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