Bush Hailing Jobless Figures

President Bush is hailing the latest jobless figures as a sign things are starting to "brighten up" for the U.S. economy.

He told an audience in North Carolina yesterday the drop in the unemployment rate to six-point-zero percent is "the beginning of good news for job-seekers."

It's an assertion he's repeating in today's weekly radio address.

Coming on top of a third-quarter surge in the nation's growth rate, the news on jobs has the White House hoping Bush has turned the corner on the economy as a political issue.

However, Democrats say the economy Bush is responsible for still has a long way to go.

They note it'll have to create 300 thousand jobs a month if Bush is to avoid the worst job creation record since Herbert Hoover.

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