A day after President Obama took center stage at the Democratic National Convention and shared his plans for America's future, the latest jobs numbers have been released and critics say they don't look good.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 96,000 jobs were added last month and the national jobless rate dropped two tenths of a percentage point to 8.1 percent.
Experts say the unemployment rate only dropped last month because more people gave up looking for work.
For Chris Borick, Political Science Professor at Muhlenberg College the numbers paint a mixed picture.
“These numbers in many ways leave us in the same gray zone we've been in. The economy almost seems to be in a state of neutral” said Borick.
As for what it means for the election, Borick says either party can use the numbers to support their argument.
“For President Obama, it's signs that we are adding jobs especially in the private sector and that's a sign of progress. For the Romney camp, that these numbers are another piece of evidence that the growth is far too slow and our recovery is nearly not robust enough and that the president's policies have kept the economy from flourishing and its time for a change” Borick said.
According to the report, the unemployment rate is the lowest among whites at 7.2 percent.
Hispanics are at 10.2, while African-Americans are at a staggering 14.1 percent.
The report says little has changed from last year.
However Borick says the President shouldn't have much to worry about among minorities.
“Even with these very disappointing numbers for minority employment in the United States I don't think it's going to shake dramatically the support that comes from those communities for the President” said Borick.