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The economy is adding jobs at its fastest pace since the recession began

If you want some clear evidence that Jobs Day and the state of the labor market in general aren't driving American politics anymore, check out this chart:

(BLS data)

The labor market is not only stronger in 2014 than it was back in 2012, but the pace of improvement is markedly superior. But while 2012 growth was obviously good enough to get Barack Obama elected, in the fall of 2014 his approval numbers are bad and the Democratic Party's midterm aspirations rest on Greg Orman's efforts to avoid answering questions about his ideology.

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