Unemployment up in 6 battleground states

It is possible to make too much of the raw unemployment rate in a particular state. Far more important is the perception of the economy in an individual state among voters. So the fact that Iowa has a low unemployment rate at 5.2% doesn't mean as much as the perception of the voter about whether the economy is improving or not. Wall Street Journal: Unemployment rose in June in six of 10 battleground states that could play a pivotal role in the presidential election, reflecting job cuts in some cases and weak payroll growth in others. The jobless rate climbed a 10th of a percentage point last month in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and Virginia, the Labor Department said in a report released Friday. The rate held steady in three other battleground states-Nevada, Florida, and North Carolina. Ohio was the only battleground state where unemployment fell last month. Nevada's 11.6% jobless rate remained the highest of any state in the nation. The rates in North...(Read Full Post)