The U.S. economy lost 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September as local and state governments shed positions at a faster rate than the private sector was adding.CBS News reports:
Nonfarm payrolls fell by 95,000 in September, much larger than the 8,000 decline expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch and the 57,000 jobs lost in August.
The unemployment rate remained steady at 9.6% as fewer new workers joined the labor market than in the previous month. Economists had expected a slight increase.
Private-sector payrolls rose by 64,000 in September. Private payrolls rose a revised 93,000 in August from the initial estimate of a 67,000 increase.
The private payrolls growth came in weaker than the 85,000 increase expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch.
Republicans have widened their lead against Democrats among likely voters in the generic ballot for the House of Representatives by six points since last month, a new CBS News Poll reports.Republicans now hold an eight point lead over Democrats in the generic ballot, with 45 percent of likely voters saying they would support the Republican candidate for the House, and 37 percent saying they would support the Democrat. Last month Republicans led Democrats by a margin of only 2 points, with 40 percent saying they would vote for a Republican and 38 percent saying they would vote for a Democrat.
Democrats have a serious intensity problem heading into the final month of campaigning, according to a new poll of a dozen key House races.
The Hill/ANGA 2010 Midterm Election Poll confirms a strong trend this election season of Democrats being less enthusiastic about voting than are Republicans and dissatisfied independents.Across those districts won by Democrats during President Obama’s wave election two years ago, 83 percent of Republicans said they are “very passionate” about voting this fall, while 68 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents say the same.