The jobless rate rose, however, to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent in June. Romney jumped on the report, calling the figures a "hammer blow" to middle-class families.
"We've now gone 42 consecutive months with the unemployment rate above 8 percent," Romney said in a statement. "Middle-class Americans deserve better, and I believe America can do better."
No U.S. president since World War II has been re-elected with unemployment over 8 percent. Jobs report presents mixed blessing for Obama - Yahoo! Finance