The August jobs report shows unemployment has risen in 26 states.
In Iowa, the rate rose by as much as the national rate fell, by two tenths of a percent.
Iowa’s unemployment rate is 5.5% while the national rate is 8.1%.
It’s a hot button issue this election cycle, with each campaign offering a different spin on these numbers and a different solution for putting people back to work.
Helen Frazier and Michael Mettler are in similar situations.
“I was terminated from my job yesterday and I’m here signing up for work again,” said Mettler.
“I’m continuously searching and looking forward to getting a job,” Frazier told Channel 13 News.
Both are unemployed, but both are optimistic about the job market.
“There is work out there for anyone who wants to work.”
According to Kerry Koonce with Iowa Workforce Development, he’s right.
Despite the fact that 2,000 more Iowans were unemployed last month, the jobs do exist.
One increase is in the financial industry.
“So we’re talking technical accounting. You have I.T. computer skills from basic help desk training to database administration,” said Koonce.
Koonce adds that Iowa Workforce Development has over 28,000 jobs listed, but the problem is the people applying don’t have what companies need.
“Employers are looking for high tech skills. Not necessarily four year degrees but often a two year training program.”
So, how does this affect the race for the nation’s top job?
“This just tops four years of failed policies from this administration,” said Sean McCoy from the Romney campaign.
Mitt Romney’s spokesman blames President Obama for the fact that more people are out of work, while democrats say Romney is avoiding the real issue.
“They went through an entire republican convention without offering any solutions on how they’re going to create jobs,” said Erin Seidler, the communications director for Obama for America.
Both parties offer similar solutions.
“We have a huge community college system in Iowa that provides job training programs for workers. President Obama would make sure they have access to those programs and can afford to go back to school,” said Seidler.
“Governor Romney has also advocated for improvements in education and workforce training,” McCoy told Channel 13 News.