Mitt Romney said the unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time in President Obama’s term “primarily due to the fact that more and more people have stopped looking for work.”
The economy added 114,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report also revised up employment figures for July and August, leading the unemployment rate to drop from 8.1 to 7.8 percent.
But the Republican nominee noted at his rally in southern Virginia that “there were fewer jobs created this month than last month.”
“It looks like unemployment is getting better,” Romney said. “But the truth is that if the same share of people were looking for jobs now as they were when the president took office, the unemployment rate would be 11 percent.”