August 7th, 2009
08:38 AM ET
14 years ago

Employment figures improve

(CNN) - The nation's unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.4 percent in July, the U.S. Labor Department said.

The figures beat most expectations.

Filed under: Economy
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    It would be nice to see the components of this. From what I have seen, people are giving up their job searches and going on the dole. That will improve the Unemployment percentage as well.

    August 7, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Frank

    Wonder what the repubs will say to this. I know they have to be scrambling. The Tarp is working, banks are paying back money, the market is rebounding, cash for clunkers just produce 22,000 new fuel efficient vehicles bought in like 2 weeks. All the repubs have left is to incite riots at town hall meeting.

    August 7, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Terry, TX

    Fell slightly....9.5 to 9.4....what a joke.

    August 7, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. The black spider

    Realy CNN? Did you tell John King or any of your Republican chatters or so called journalists? I am supprised you didn't wait for this news to grade te president on your network yesterday. Oh I am sorry you knew that and that would have improve his grades and that is not good for business.
    OBAMA is horrible why is unemployment figures improving? we have to stop him now. That is not good for the country sorry the GOP.
    We want our country back. Typical republicans
    I will be suprised if you post my comment

    August 7, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. jp,michigan

    Unemployment numbers all down 0.1 %. How many are still unemployed, but ran out of unemployment benefits? No gives us the numbers. So don"t pat you self on back yet, Mr. President!

    August 7, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |

    President Obama you are doing a great Job carry on sir carry on oh and those of you filled with Hate you should be glad the country is getting better regardless of your political views!!

    August 7, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Crazy Harry

    Oh Crap!!

    What are the right wing nut cases going to complain about now?

    August 7, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Louisiana man

    Are you sure you have space in the TICKER for these TWO lines of GOOD news?

    August 7, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. aCorNN watchdog

    Why were 637000 people moved to out of the workforce?
    I got curious when the job losses were 247000....but yet the rate went this a bookkeeping trick?

    August 7, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Bev - NYC

    The mumbers will improve a lot more when people are willing to accept their new realities. I have friends, out of work for a year who will not take jobs offering the same or less than they were making before the economy went south. I call it the Supermodel syndrome, they aren't getting out of bed for less than, whatever their number is. They are the same ones who will complain they can't pay their credit card bill and it's the companies fault the interest rate is so high. I want to slap them, and say snap out of it.

    August 7, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Peoples Voice

    Take that you hateful despicable Rethugs. We, the real Americans, will overcome the disaster that was wrought upon us by you and your ilk.

    August 7, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. annie s

    Well, the Republicans don't think so. Sad, deluded people.

    August 7, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. southerncousin

    The bad news is the ship has already sunk, the good news is that it isn't taking on more water. That's the obamatron and state run media spin. What about the trillion dollars the obmatrons gave to ACORN, the unions and George Soros? How come they haven't refloated the ship? There is the question, somebody should ask it and then listen to the lies of the captain that was elected by the dope smokin' non-working, Oprah watchers.

    August 7, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Melissa

    Yet another sign that we finally hit bottom. Excellent. Take that Republicans.

    August 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Mace

    Boy thats a relief. I sure can feel it out here. Corporations are just running out in the streets to spend $$ like never before with Obama in charge. As the Statist in Chief he sure like taking over automakers and Banks and castigating ever other business that makes money but those corporations sure are nice to have around when you want to work.

    August 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. 25 year old, dem

    oh no I hear the Repub leadership starting to run scared and scramble to make it seem like the end of the world again. Scare tactics on the move. What will repubs say to this, "oh it should be lower", "it would have been lower if obama wasn't president," "Impeach the president for not have unemployement numbers at 5%," blah blah blah......have fun repubs theres nothing you can say to help yourselves right now

    August 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Pepou

    I have full confidence in President Obama and his administration. Let's all support him to reform health care with a public option !

    August 7, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Deb

    Unemployment went from 9.5 to 9.4...why are the Republicans critizing the President now? How is this helpful for Americans?

    August 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The figures beat most expectations"

    Imagine what this President could've accomplished with a healthy economy, and a "normal" presidency. Even with all the dribbling hoopla from the rightwing nuts we would've been sailing, and trendsetting instead of trying to catch up from behind.

    You're doing a great job Mr. President. The majority of Americans voted for you and support you. Stay steady.

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    EVERYONE is stressing and GRADNG President Obama and yet – not paying attention to what is happening. The economy is getting better! My job was SAVED as the result of the stimulus package! The housing market is getting BETTER! Unemployment went down! Have YOU notice the WORLD is being HEALED – It’s not just AMERICA! The auto industry is Better – and the JUNK YARD dog is eating.

    While the HATERS keep HATING they will be the ONLY ones left standing! When you COUNT how many are left standing, it will be the MINORITY!

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Excuse me?

    What? Only two sentences to show that the President's plans are working? Shame on you CNN. With Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck on your payroll, I guess I should expect this. I'll continue to watch MSNBC.."the REAL place for politics." How you can still employ Mr. Dobbs is beyond me. In a "real world" he would be fired for his inflamatory ramblings. He would be better on FAUX news.

    August 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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