Stalling. Flat. Stuck. Those were the words being thrown around after the release of the latest jobs report, with the month of August showing the national unemployment rate at 9.1 percent. The tally has stood above 9 percent since March.
With the debt ceiling debate in the rearview mirror, only now is Washington finally putting jobs at the top of the agenda. In the coming week, Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech in which he hopes to take on the challenge of running for reelection amid such high levels of unemployment.