WASHINGTON, D.C. — Unemployment numbers for the month of August were weaker than expected.
The U.S. Labor Department’s report, released Friday morning, shows that employers added 96,000 jobs in August, bringing the national unemployment rate to 8.1%. That’s down from 8.3% in July.
Analysts say the numbers are weak because a lot of people simply gave up looking for work. The report comes just two months before the election, where the economy is front and center in both campaigns.