VIRGINIA-- President Obama and Mitt Romney weighed in on September's unemployment rate during campaign events in Virginia. The unemployment rate fell below eight percent for the first time since 2009.
After this week's debate, many feel the improved unemployment comes as good news for President Obama, but Mitt Romney said this is not what a real recovery looks like.
President Obama told the crowd in Fairfax, Virginia that the national unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since he took office in 2008.
"After losing about 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, our businesses added now added 5.2 million new jobs over the past two and a half years."
However, President Obama feels the country still needs to concentrate on getting more people back to work.
"We've made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis that led to the crisis in the first place. I can't allow that to happen," said President Obama.
"We're going to bring back jobs and bring back America," said Romney, who addressed a crowd in Abingdon, Virginia. He believes the recent improvement in the unemployment rate cannot make up for the jobs lost since the president took office in 2008.
"There's still 23 million Americans that are out of work that stopped looking for work struggling to find full time jobs."
If elected, Romney said he'll implement policies that create 12 million new jobs and higher pay for workers.
"I know right now you're thinking about one job, your job, I'm thinking about your job as well. person by person, every American deserves a good job."
The latest figures come nearly one month shy of Election Day.