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  1. Reporting and full story by Rex Santus, public affairs reporter for The Daily Kent Stater.

    As the presidential election nears, education, the economy and jobs have surfaced as some of the most popular talking points of the candidates.

    President Obama on Tuesday afternoon fielded questions via teleconference from a group of student journalists from 24 universities who asked questions regarding the president’s views on issues important to young voters in several key battleground states.

    Obama highlighted issues specific to Ohio and young people during his conference with students, saying Ohio is “representative of the choice in this election.”

    “Ohio is a state where one in eight jobs are connected to the auto industry,” Obama said. “…The U.S. auto industry has come roaring back so that Ohio’s unemployment rate is actually doing better than a lot of other states around the country.”

    Read more and listen to audio clips from the teleconference on KentWired.

    kentwired.com »

  2. Missouri’s 7.3 percent unemployment rate is slightly lower than the national average, 8.2 percent, according to this Google Public Data graph. Click here to compare your state’s jobs numbers to the rest of the nation’s.

    Missouri’s 7.3 percent unemployment rate is slightly lower than the national average, 8.2 percent, according to this Google Public Data graph. Click here to compare your state’s jobs numbers to the rest of the nation’s.

  3. Politically speaking, blue Rhode Island’s 11.2 percent unemployment rate is insignificant, as is red Oklahoma’s 5 percent. From ABC’s Matt Negrin:

    Because the United States still holds elections under the arcane rules of the electoral college,  only a handful of states will determine who the next president is. And in those states, the state of the economy is much more important, politically of course, than in the old party standard bearers.

    So which swing state economies are doing fine, and which ones could pose a problem for President Obama? Florida, North Carolina and Nevada have the highest unemployment of the battleground states, but there is a downward trend in all of them. Read Negrin’s full breakdown of trends in swing state economies and how those trends could affect the 2012 candidates. 

    abcnews.go.com »

  4. What comes to mind when you think of Michigan? Is it Detroit? The Great Lakes? Harsh winters? Big-ish cities? 

    Throw what you know on the back burner because during this election season, one thing will be on the minds of all across the state: The economy.

    Michigan isn’t alone with its economic issues — and that might sound like a broken record throughout the country — but it’s of utmost concern for the 8.3-percent unemployed citizens and their families.

    The state is home to the “Big Three” auto companies, and during the worst of the recession in August 2009, unemployment skyrocketed to 14.2 percent thanks to job cuts from those companies and others associated with the industry.

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  5. Which way will North Carolina go?

    Once known as “the Dixie Dynamo,” North Carolina has long been characterized by its tug-of-war between tradition and progression. Now, the state is being torn between more than old and new patterns of thinking. It has become a political battleground — a place where liberal and conservative, urban and rural, and public and private interests all collide.

    Read More

    whichwaync.com »

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The 12 is a group Tumblr of The Washington Post and student journalists in 12 battleground states documenting the 2012 presidential election and capturing perspectives of young voters.

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