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UPDATE: Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is speaking now in Nevada, hammering President Barack Obama on the July jobs report and slight rise in unemployment rate. “These numbers are not just statistics, they’re real people,” Romney said.
“This is an extraordinary record of failure,” he added.
ORIGINAL POST: Romney will hammer President Barack Obama from the state with the nation’s worst unemployment rate, after another mixed monthly jobs report today.
Romney will be in North Las Vegas, Nevada, to give a campaign speech this morning. He has already released a statement on the July non-farm payrolls report — in which unemployment rounded up to 8.3 per cent, but 163,000 jobs were created.
Romney’s presence in Nevada is significant, because the state has, by far, the worst unemployment rate in the nation. At 11.6 per cent, Nevada’s unemployment rate sits 0.7 per cent higher than the next closest state, Rhode Island.
And the Las Vegas-area unemployment rate is the worst in the state at 12.1 per cent, the worst local area measured by the Bureau of labour Statistics.
According to the latest polls, Nevada sits fairly comfortably in the “lean Obama” column, with every poll since June showing Obama up at least 5 points.
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