Are jobs the key to the White House?

10:10 AM, Oct 6, 2012   |    comments
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WYOMING, Minn. - The workers at Wyoming Machine, a metal fabrication company in Stacy, Minnesota, spend their days welding, cutting and punching for customers around the world. It's a 40 year old family business that's now run by these two sisters whose father helped found it.

"What we do is take sheets of metals and transform them into components for other manufacturer's parts," said co-owners Traci and Lori Tapani.

But that's not the only thing they're making at Wyoming Machine; they're also creating jobs, with a staff of 55, and quickly adding more. 

Companies like that are slowly--but steadily---helping the US economy. A new report shows the nation added 114,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent in September, small changes that could have a big impact on who wins November's election.

"Whatever the numbers are, the Romney campaign is going to cite it as evidence the President is failing," said author and journalist David Cay Johnston.

Mitt Romney already is, attacking President Obama on campaign stops and in his ads.

"The president is trying hard to convince people he's doing real well," Romney told a crowd of supporters recently. "He is not."

"Under President Obama we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs, and China has passed us in manufacturing," he added in a television commercial.

Yet this is the first time in Obama's term the jobless rate is below 8 percent, saying it's evidence he's helping the nation come back, and vowing it will continue. Romney, he says, will stop that growth, and send America backwards, slamming Romney's ideas.

"It's not a plan for our economy," Obama said. "It's not a plan for our middle class. It is not change, it is a relapse. And we're not going to do it."

What they will do, say both candidates, is create more jobs, each of them promising to make the economy better. Experts agree no one person---even the president---has that much influence, but with the White House on the line, it likely won't stop either candidate from making claims and taking credit.

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