Democrats are crossing their fingers and hoping to narrow both the enthusiasm gap and the spread in the generic ballot in the weeks before the midterm elections. But they're about to contend, once again, with a sobering reality.
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On Friday, the Department of Labor will release its monthly unemployment statistics, and according to an independent analysis, the unemployment rate is likely to rise ever so slightly.
A Bloomberg News survey of 62 economists found that, "Unemployment climbed to 9.7 percent from 9.6 percent in August."
"The data may also show companies added 77,000 workers to payrolls, and total hiring stagnated amid cuts in government staffing as the decennial census wound down," according to Bloomberg's analysis.