This Week In Politics: The Jobs and Unemployment Numbers

On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch the region.

New figures released this week show there are more jobs in New York and New Jersey.  But unemployment is also up for the year.

In the Garden State, the unemployment rate rose to a new 35-year high, while the percentage of mortgages that have fallen behind is now second only to Florida in the nation.  The number of people in the middle class in New Jersey is declining faster than the nation as a whole.

That happening as both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hit the road in past weeks to talk about their economic success.

Speaking in Washington, DC, last week, Bloomberg said cities have to take economic matters into their own hands since the federal government isn’t doing enough to spur job creation.