With that in mind, the Labor Department’s latest figures showed that more than a few of the key battleground states had a bump in their unemployment rate in August.
As of right now, the unemployment rate in about half of the dozen or so most contested states is below the national average, with the other half with either a higher or the same 8.1 percent rate.
Michigan, where Romney’s father served as governor, saw its rate jump to 9.4 percent, up from 8.6 percent in June and 9 percent in July.
Still, Michigan’s rate is also a full percentage point lower than it was this time last year.
Nevada, which continues to have the highest jobless rate in the country, also saw its rate tick up, from 12 percent to 12.1 percent. New Hampshire (now 5.7 percent) and Wisconsin (7.5 percent) saw rises in their jobless rates as well.
But Florida, the biggest swing state prize of all, with 29 electoral votes, saw its rate drop from 9.5 percent to 9.2 percent.
And Ohio (7.2 percent) and Virginia (5.9 percent), two states which Obama flipped in 2008 and which have gotten major GOP attention, saw their rates both stay the same and remain well under the national average.