WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, a hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring.
The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent in June.
High unemployment could hurt President Barack Obama's re-election hopes. No president since World War II has faced re-election with unemployment over 8 percent.
He said Manpower is also seeing an increase in the number of jobs employers have available.
But, he said since there are so many unemployed people, employers can be picky with who they decide to hire.
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