Framing campaign's last weeks, jobless rate falls below 8 pct for first time in almost 4 years

  • Article by: PAUL WISEMAN and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 5, 2012 - 4:42 PM

WASHINGTON - The U.S. unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the month President Barack Obama took office, a surprising lift for both the economy and his re-election hopes in the final weeks of the campaign.

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