Unemployment Hits 50-Year-Low, That's Why Dems Focus on Ukraine

Why are the Democrats obsessed with the Ukraine? Here's a little hint.

Unemployment hit a fresh 50-year low in September even though nonfarm payrolls rose by just 136,000 as the economy nears full employment, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The jobless rate dropped 0.2 percentage points to 3.5%, matching a level it last saw in December 1969. A more encompassing measure that includes discouraged workers and the underemployed also fell, declining 0.3 percent points to 6.9%, matching its lowest in nearly 19 years and just off the all-time low of 6.8%.

Also, the jobless rate for Hispanics also hit a new record low, while the level for African Americans maintained its lowest ever.

There are mixed signals on the economy, but the Dems had been hoping for a decisive downturn. For the average person, the economy looks good, which means that the Democrats have to focus on something other than the economic collapse they'd been hoping for.

And that thing, *draw a card from the hat* is the Ukraine, a nation that last featured significantly in American politics around 1924, 1953, or never. Next time around it might be Hungary or Slovakia or whichever random regional nation can divert attention from the unemployment rate.

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