forecast that the economy generated 135,000 jobs last month and the
unemployment rate remained 8.3 percent, according to a survey by
FactSet. That’s below the 163,000 jobs gained in July, but an
improvement from meager hiring in the spring.
In his speech
Thursday night, Obama acknowledged incomplete progress in repairing the
still-struggling economy and asked voters to remain patient.
But economists were encouraged Thursday after several reports suggested hiring could pick up in the coming months.