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September 11, 2012

(FILES): This June 7, 2012 file photo shows US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke during a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The US added a meager 96,000 jobs in August, fresh data showed September 7, 2012, bad news for President Barack Obama's reelection fight but bolstering Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke's push for more help for the economy. While the overall jobless rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, that was mainly due to another 368,000 people giving up searching for jobs and leaving the labor force, Labor Department data showed. The number of net new jobs generated by the weak economy was lower than expected, and, combined with cuts to the previous two month's numbers, underscored the stall in the economy in recent months: the net new jobs number was well under the year's average of 139,000 a month and 153,000 in 2011. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages

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