Nightly News | November 02, 2012
>> reporter: 3.50 a gallon.
>>> tom, thank you.
>>> and let's talk about the critical issue remaining, the u.s. economy , the final jobs report before election day came out today. employers added 171,000 jobs to their payrolls in october, better than the experts expected. unemployment rate ticked up to 8.79% as people actively looked for work, not surprisingly with four days to go, both sides are actively spinning the numbers in their own direction, peter alexander from westchester, ohio , good evening.
>> reporter: brian, good evening to you with a quick hat to kid rock struming the guitar on the stage, both sides say the job numbers back up their case, both the president and mitt romney spending much of their day here in the state of ohio , how important is the buckeye state ? so important that betweenq the two of them they will be here five more times over the next three days. charging into the campaign's final weekend, each candidate tried to frame the latest unemployment reports to his advantage, as either a sign of economic progress.
>> this morning, we learned that companies hired more people in october than at any time in the last eight months.
>> reporter: or stalled growth.
>> today we learned it is actually 7.9%, and that is 9 million jobs short of what he promised.
>> reporter: analysts say both men make valid points.
>> there is no question we came out of the lull, where the economy stalled, we've pushed away from it, the bad news it is pretty low.
>> reporter: mr. romney indicted his opponent's record.
>> candidate obama promised change but couldn't deliver it. i promise change, but i have a record of achieving it.
>> reporter: and in four days, promised a fresh start.
>> i'll lead america to a better place , where confidence in the future is certain, not questioned. this is not a time for america to settle.
>> reporter: still, both candidate's electoral fortunes may rest on ohio .
>> ohio , i'm betting on you, i'm betting on you.
>> reporter: today, accusing mr. romney of running false adds on the auto industry , that implied jeep is moving jobs to china, ads even the automakers dismiss as untrue.
>> you don't scare that up, to get votes, do you want a president to tell you what he thinks? still, both emphasize the bipartisan theme.
>> i won't just represent one party, i'll represent one nation.
>> reporter: brian, to tnight, these rallies are all about energizing the supporters, and driving up support for tuesday.
>> peter alexander , thank you, let's