The U.S. economy can't seem to make a dent in unemployment rate, which is still at 8.2 percent. FOX 9 News spoke to Paul DeBettignies, vice president of Recruiting for HireCast Consulting, about the employment numbers and trends.
Only 80,000 jobs were created in June, and that doesn't come close to cutting down on the 13 million unemployed workers, and many economists expect more of the same for the rest of 2012 as well.
Experts say the signs just aren't there for a huge pick-up in hiring for the fall and winter of 2012. For the first six months of 2012, employers added an average of 150,000 jobs a month. That's fewer than the 161,000 average for the first half of 2011.
Among the few industries with decent job growth were temporary help services, which suggests that employers are not confident enough in the sustainability of the recovery to invest in permanent hires even if their order books are currently growing.
President Barack Obama admits the economy needs to grow faster, but he also is quick to point out that his administration has created 4.4 million jobs over the past 28 months.
Mitt Romney responded by saying the president's policies are obviously not working, and that the 8.2% unemployment rate is unacceptably high.