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  • Weak jobs report fuels criticism, may hurt Obama’s campaign

    The Boston Globe - 07/07/2012

    US employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, the third straight month of weak hiring and a potential setback for the campaign to reelect President Obama, who on Friday called on voters to take a long view of the slowly recovering economy, but was slammed by rivals for the persistently dismal jobs numbers.

    Although Friday’s national jobs report was “more of the same: slow growth,” there was a bright spot in temporary employment, which was up over May, said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist at Northeastern University. “Temporary employment is a sector that usually responds first when things are picking up,” he said. “It shows that employers would like to hire, but they are not confident enough to bring on full-time workers.”