Romney has pinned his campaign on the idea that Obama has failed to fix the economy and left too many people without work.
Throughout Obama's term, a high unemployment rate and joblessness caused plenty of consternation. He finally caught some good news in October, when the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent — below 8 percent for the first time in his presidency — as employers added 114,000 the month before.
The last jobs report before the election will be released Nov. 2, a week from Friday.
Democrats worry that even a small tick upward would have a psychological impact on fence-sitting voters anxious for clues about where the country is headed. Another notable drop in the rate could take steam out of Romney's argument.
By BRIAN BAKST, AP
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