Unemployment rate holds at 8.2 percent, with just 80,000 jobs added in June

Employers added a meager 80,000 jobs in June, marking the third straight month of weak hiring and raising concern that the economy has taken a turn for the worse.

The Labor Department reported Friday that the jobless rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent. The number of jobs added in June was lower than expected, and rounds out a poor second quarter for 2012.

The average number of monthly jobs created in the first quarter of the year was 226,000 — by contrast, that average in the second quarter was just 75,000.

The number is sure to resonate on the presidential campaign trail, as President Obama courts blue-collar voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania on his first 2012 campaign bus tour Friday. The president took heat last month for the worst jobs report in a year — Friday’s report was only modestly better, opening up heated criticism from Republicans.



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