The economy added 96,000 jobs in August. Is that enough to sway undecided voters toward Barack Obama? Or does it support Mitt Romney's view that the nation isn't recovering fast enough? Yahoo! News asked voters to weigh in. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | On the heels of President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention come the latest unemployment numbers, released Friday morning. According to the totals, unemployment dropped from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent as the economy added 96,000 jobs. What's startling, however, is that unemployment for Americans 18 to 29 is a staggering 12.7 percent.
As a 32-year-old father from the small, rural city of Standish, Mich., the prospect of a brighter future for my children that the president spoke about does not mesh with current figures. I do not see this as just a bump in the road to recovery. Finding work in this economy is hard enough on those my age who are experienced. I cannot imagine how the next generation will manage to support themselves if something does not change in the next few years.
As such, it is still hard for me to render a decision on the candidates now. While Mitt Romney has yet to offer a viable solution, the president has sugar-coated the damage and, at least partly, remains liable for the current situation. He did not inherit all of it, as much as he would like to think, nor has his opponent offered a way to economic redemption.
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