October 1st isn’t the official start of fall, but it does mark the beginning of the economic fourth quarter. And in 2012, there are some encouraging signs the U.S. recovery continues to see limited gains, but there are also lingering signs some old problems are not going away soon enough.
The U.S. economy continued to trudge through a difficult fiscal quarter as the economy created 163,000 private-sector jobs in July. The number was the best since February, but the economy’s job creation pace is essentially flat since 2011.
The latest job numbers out of the U.S. Labor Department and private employment analysts showed unemployment dropped in about two-thirds of the major metropolitan areas around the country, giving hope to the jobless around the area.
Florida’s jobless rate for August won’t be released for another two weeks, but if the national numbers are an indicator; Florida’s numbers may not be pretty.
The Republican Party took center stage on CBS Tuesday morning to discuss their plans for budget and other areas of American life. The town hall style meeting featured Florida Congressman Allen West, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn.