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The nation’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly three years at the end of 2011, as a burst of private-sector hiring helped sustain what has been a positive trend lately in the job market. So why are people Scrutinizing Oboma?

The rate, which dropped to 8.5 percent in December, has dropped for four straight months. The direction of the numbers could help soften the political blow of what remains a tough economy for President Obama. With Re-election right around the corner this could be a big boost for his campaign.

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