The Straits Times
Published on Sep 07, 2012

Romney: Jobs report is 'hangover' after Obama love fest


PLANE, USA (AFP) - Republican challenger Mitt Romney called Friday's sour jobs report the crushing "hangover" after President Barack Obama's nomination jamboree.

"If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover," Mr Romney said in a statement, referring to Mr Obama's acceptance of his party's nomination at a raucous Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The United States (US) economy added a less-than-expected 96,000 jobs in August, but the overall unemployment rate fell to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent as more people dropped out of the labour market, the Labor Department said.

"For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely. This is more of the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression," Mr Romney said.