By Vicki Needham - 10/03/14 08:40 AM EDT
The unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in September, its lowest point in six years, in the last jobs report before the midterm elections in November.
The economy added 248,000 jobs in September, as the market rebounded from a disappointing report in August.
Republicans have a good chance of retaking the Senate majority next month, in large part because of unhappiness with Obama's presidency, including of the economy.
Obama touted economic gains during a Thursday speech and said November’s midterm elections should be a referendum on the economy, which has picked up pace in recent months.
He argued it is "indisputable that our economy is stronger today than it was when I took office," during a speech at Northwestern University.
Obama also touted the importance of moving Democratic policies, such as raising the minimum wage, arguing "our broader economy has come a long way, but the gains of recovery aren’t yet broadly shared.”
The theme also showed up in Obama's interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday, in which he argued the country was better off then six years ago, when he came to office during the financial crisis.
The new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the unemployment rate falling below 6 percent for the first time since the recession. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since July 2008. It was 6.1 percent in August.
The report also showed higher than previously estimated job gains over the past two months, with August’s figure improving to 180,000 from 142,000, the report said.
September's 248,000 jobs gained were well above economists' expectations of about 215,000.
— This story was updated at 10:05 a.m.