Now that the debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling has been temporarily resolved, the White House has pledged, once again, to "pivot" to jobs.
If the promise is giving you a sense of déjà vu, you're not alone.
In his very first address to Congress in February of 2009, President Barack Obama promised an agenda focused on job creation. Following every major subsequent event of his presidency -- be it a concerted campaign like health care reform or, much more frequently, an unwelcome crisis -- he has been forced to reiterate that he will now focus on jobs. Just how many times has he made the jobs promise? Scroll up for a look back.
A jobs report released today showed a slightly less pessimistic view of the American economy. In July, 117,000 jobs were added, beating expectations, and the unemployment rate dropped a fraction -- from 9.2 percent to 9.1 percent.
But it's far from good news. A closer look at the unemployment rate reveals the drop came almost solely from Americans dropping out of the labor force.
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