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Unemployment rate remains at 8.2%

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A new labor department report shows the unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent last month.

The agency says the economy did add 80,000 jobs, but the economy must add at least 125,000 jobs each month just to keep up with population growth.

President Obama tried to put a positive spin on the numbers during a campaign stop in Ohio.

"We learned this morning that our businesses created 84,000 jobs last month, and that, overall, means that businesses have created four-point-four-million new jobs in the past 28 months, including 500-thousand new manufacturing jobs," President Obama said. "That's a step in a right direction. That's a step in a right direction."

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called the news a "kick in the gut to middle class families."

Romney said President Obama's policies have failed to get Americans back to work, and the president should take responsibility for that.

"Not only is the 8.2 percent number unacceptably high and one that's been in place now for over 41 months," Romney said, "but in addition if you look at the broader analysis of people who are out of work or have dropped out of the work force or that are underemployed in part-time jobs needing full-time work, it's almost 15 percent of the American public."

Right now more than 12 million Americans are officially unemployed, and the average length they're going without a job is nearly 40 weeks.

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