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July 03, 2014 9:50 AM Another Hard-To-Dispute Positive Jobs Report

By Ed Kilgore

It was a day early, thanks to the July 3 holiday, and you can’t exactly say the June jobs report involved any fireworks. But it was certainly quite positive: 288,000 net new jobs, the official unemployment rate down two ticks to 6.1%; workforce participation steady; a slight upward revision in jobs estimates the previous two months. It’s the fifth straight month of over-200k job growth, which hasn’t happened since the Long Boom of the 1990s. And it will help economists and investors forget the recent bizarre and troubling news about first quarter GDP actually contracting.

If unemployment subsequently drops below 6%, it will make the sort of headlines that could actually affect public opinion, just in time for Democrats to mitigate potential November losses. At some hazy point quite soon, perceptions of the economy among 2014 voters will be more or less locked in.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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