Some surprising, good news came this morning: The national unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the beginning of 2009.
It's an important political milestone, too. Mitt Romney's stump speech had included a line about how the national unemployment rate had been above 8 percent for 43 months. That streak is over.
And locally, you can set your watch, or at least your calendar, to a Matt Doheny news release when unemployment figures come out.
This month was no different. The tone from Democratic Rep. Bill Owens' Nov. 6 opponent, though, was.
“Certainly the fact that the national unemployment rate is less than 8 percent for the first time in 44 months is encouraging," Mr. Doheny said. “However, I continue to remain concerned about the serious challenges our country faces in the coming months that will undo these gains and further undermine our recovery."
And the Congressional Leadership Fund, a so-called super political action committee that is trying to see Mr. Owens defeated, also pounced on the news, without even mentioning the fact that unemployment had dipped below 7.8 percent.
It announced that it was launching a robocall to tell recipients that the economy had added only 114,000 jobs.
Here's the script:
I am calling on behalf of the Congressional Leadership Fund to tell you about the weak new jobs report.
With just 114,000 jobs added, it's yet another failure of policies supported by Obama and Bill Owens.
But we don't need a jobs report to know that these failed economic policies are hurting family's bottom lines.
We've been buried in it.
A failed stimulus that created debt, but not the jobs it promised in the area.
A healthcare law that will punish our families with new taxes & higher premiums.
And yet another healthcare tax that could ship local jobs to China.
Vice President Biden said the middle class has been buried the last four years. He's right.
And what's Bill Owens and Barack Obama's plan for your economy?
More of the same.
We can't afford Bill Owens in Congress. The economy would suffocate.
Paid for by the Congressional Leadership Fund, 202-370-3458, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Here's a statement from Mr. Owens:
"The new national unemployment figures are encouraging and a step in the right direction. And we are seeing some improvement in our region as well. As the private sector continues to create more jobs I will continue supporting policies that encourage growth and put people to work."