By the numbers: Battleground jobless numbers
July 23rd, 2012
11:05 AM ET
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By the numbers: Battleground jobless numbers

Washington (CNN) – Here are two things you can bank on:

1) The race for the White House is a battle for the states and their electoral votes.

2) The economy, and jobs in particular, remain the top issue on the minds of American voters.

With that in mind, rather than look at the nation's overall unemployment level, the smarter move may be to check out the state jobless levels. The June figures were released on Friday.

In nine of the 15 states that CNN considers either toss ups, or leaning towards President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the unemployment level is below the national average of 8.2%. In the other six states, the level is at or above the national average.

In eight of the states, the jobless numbers edged up from May to June. In the other seven states, the level remained the same or edged down. Here's the list:

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2012 • Jobs
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    The markets are tanking on speculation that Spain will require a bailout, not just their banks. The next and last big ballon to burst is the government debt ballon. It is starting to happen in Europe and will affect us here. How long before OUR debt balloon explodes and brings the USA economy down with the much higher interest costs?

    Obama and the Democrats are determined to keep borrowing and spending our way out, which only delays the inevitable. The markets and everything else needs to reset to the new norm and there WILL be pain. But it is far better than running up massive debt and then having to bite the bullet anyways. At least you won't have trillions more in debt.

    Four more years of Obama and the Democrats and we'll be another bankrupt Europe.

    July 23, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. cali ha ha

    So tell me ronneys plan on detail please

    July 23, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. ABCD

    I have heard from our friends on the other side, saying that those States who their governors are republicans, they might help their fellow candidate regardless the unemployment being down. In what ways will they help???

    July 23, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. NYC REPUB

    Wis., PA., Ohio, New Hamp., Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Colorado, the DEMS can win, all other states....not so much.....But Va....depending who wins that senate race, that party will win the state.

    July 23, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. v_mag

    The Bush Party. Endorsements by 3 Bushes. Bush policies, all the way.

    You want more failure, then vote for the guy who gave us the Great Recession. Romney = Bush = disaster.

    July 23, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    (3). CNN Political Unit you all should get off President Obama Tip you know as well as I know the President can't make company hire people. Go Presidnet Obama

    July 23, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I noticed that the job killing governor from Wisconsin has made the state worse.

    July 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. stingerhp

    Regardless of who is on the ballot, the current arrogant and wasteful spending person MUST go ! !

    July 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. chris

    Romney as President.....he'll only report to his investors and share holders (less than 10,000 probably). He will may make the country profitable again....be the consequences will be....unemployment sky rocketing to 25%, cut funding on everything after eliminating taxes, exploding deficit and debt after failure, roll back of regulations and public safety....privatize the military and law enforcement, etc. If he is elected to office....I fear for my family and friends they will suffer the horrors...just to satisfy the wealthiest in the country.

    July 23, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    One more year of republican economics by electing Mittens, and we will be worse than Europe. Mittens, 1929 all over again.

    July 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney has been well advised to let all his negative campaign ADS against Obama fight his battle and not talk about any plans. Romney's "straddling the fence" by not disclosing what his plans for anything are because his tax returns would be in direct conflict with the jobless and the economy. Therefore, Romney's only message can be about Obama knowing that if the jobless and middle class saw his tax returns it would be more than clear to the World he's a fraud.

    July 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Michael

    Interesting that a majority of these states are Republican run...

    July 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. lolo

    @bend forward, don't you think the republicans have made all of America bend forward enough already. You need to change your name. I guess you like getting screwed over and over again.

    July 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. sonny chapman

    Hey Bend Forward, do you know why Greece, Spain & Italy are having their financial problems ? Their Govts. can't get their Rich(Job Creators) to pay any taxes. Sounds familiar ?

    July 23, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    lolo - @bend forward, don't you think the republicans have made all of America bend forward enough already

    The Democrats have controlled most of the government for the last SIX YEARS. DEMOCRATS RAN THE COUNTRY INO THE DITCH. The facts prove this.

    Here are the FACTS:

    Whitehouse Senate House
    2007 Republicans Democrats Democrats
    2008 Republicans Democrats Democrats
    2009 Democrats Democrats Democrats
    2010 Democrats Democrats Democrats
    2011 Democrats Democrats Republicans
    2012 Democrats Democrats Republicans
    D = 4 R=2 D = 6 R = 0 D = 4 R = 2
    D = 14 R = 4

    July 23, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    sonny chapman - Hey Bend Forward, do you know why Greece, Spain & Italy are having their financial problems ? Their Govts. can't get their Rich(Job Creators) to pay any taxes. Sounds familiar ?
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    Leftists are always blaming others for their insane spending problems. It never because too much is being spent on government and endless government programs that are financially unsustainable. The problem is always because the governemnt just can't take enough money from its citizens, or is it slaves?

    July 23, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. California Gary

    That's true Michael.......they are Republican run on the state level. But if you look at how they achieved their success, there was a lot of federal money that was infused into their economies.......money that would not have been forthcoming if we had a Republican president. Chew on that one for awhile.

    July 23, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. demwit

    The job numbers aren't that bad..., you people just need to learn to dance in the rain instead of worring about the never ending storm. Its the progressive thing to do..

    July 23, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    President Obama has stopped the wasteful spending of the previous inhabitant of the white house, and gotten us out of one republican unfunded war.

    July 23, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans blamed Clinton for Bush being asleep at the switch on 9-11 and our two unfunded wars, gave credit to the economic boom under Clinton to Reagan, blamed Nancy Pelosi for the economic meltdown, blamed the failure of congress to act on job creation on Obama, blamed Obama for the loss of 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years. Like three year old children, its never a republicans fault.

    July 23, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Squigman

    Truth be told, damn few politicians care about the jobless problem. Now if they were to become one with said jobless, they'd have a better prospective of the situation. Then maybe something would get accomplished. Oh hell, who's kidding who. As long as there's a chance to control by oppression, nothing's going to happen. It's easier that way.

    July 23, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |