Unemployment rises in swing states in July

The unemployment rate rose in almost all states in July -- more evidence of the weakness and fragility of the Obama "recovery." Reuters: Unemployment rates rose in July from June in almost all states, including those where the presidential election fight is expected to be fiercest, according to data released on Friday by the Labor Department. Altogether, jobless rates rose in 44 states. Rates dropped in Idaho, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, and were unchanged in four states. As the country moves closer to November's election day, voters' attention is squarely focused on the economy and a national jobless rate hovering above 8 percent. Because of the unique U.S. political system in which states cast electoral votes for president, the contest between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is heating up in seven states where polling suggests voters are undecided. In those states - Nevada, Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio,...(Read Full Post)