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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement from the White House Briefing Room after a congressional "super committee" on Monday failed to reach a deal on reducing federal government deficit in Washington November 21, 2011. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement from the White House Briefing Room after a congressional "super committee" on Monday failed to reach a deal on reducing federal government deficit in Washington November 21, 2011. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

Disappointing U.S. job numbers cloud Obama's excellent week Add to ...

Slow job creation is not the narrative the Barack Obama re-election campaign wants American voters to wake up to. But that is exactly what Friday’s numbers show: employers hiring 115,000 workers in April, a figure well below expectations.



The unemployment rate may have dropped a notch to 8.1 per cent from 8.2 per cent, but that is largely due to people giving up on the job market altogether.

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