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Op-Ed: What you need to know about Friday's U.S. jobs report

Normally, the August jobs number is revised higher, not lower. Because of education related jobs and other variables, the August report has been notorious for upward revisions; typically at least 35,000 positions are added to the initial count. Not today.

U.S. weekly unemployment claims rise to 382,000

Washington - More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week than any week during the past two months. U.S. unemployment claims increased to 382,000 last week, a jump of 15,000 from the week before.

Obama on defense after jobs report; blames Congress

Washington - Friday, after an acceptance speech that disappointed many and a job growth report that disappointed many more, President Obama went back to blaming Congress for the weak economy.

Troubling August jobs report dampens convention glow

Washington - Any bump Mr. Obama and the Democrats hoped to gain from their Charlotte convention may be doused by a very weak jobs report on Friday.

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