Both Parties Seek Advantage in Last Jobs Report Before Midterms
Republicans seized on a slight uptick in the unemployment rate as they focused their closing message on the economy. Democrats defended ‘steady, sustainable’ job growth and warned that G.O.P. victories would risk backsliding. President Biden used the jobs report on Friday to tout the strength of the economy, while Republican campaign messaging seized on the increase in the unemployment rate as a line of attack ahead of Tuesday’s elections.