WASHINGTON – The nations steady-but-modest job growth presents political challenges for both of Novembers all-but-certain presidential rivals.
Republican Mitt Romney needs an ailing economy to fully exploit his image as a Mr. Fix-It who can heal the nations financial health.
President Obama needs job-creation momentum to persuade voters that things are moving in the right direction even if millions of people remain unemployed.
Fridays neither-hot-nor-cold jobs report leaves both campaigns unsure of whether they can sell their narratives.
Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. Thats well short of the 210,000 economists were expecting.
The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in February to 8.2 percent. Thats the lowest level since about the time Obama took office.