The Cons find solace in the Labor participation rate based on the fact very few people under stand its components. However, those of us the know the components of this, particularly the Not in the WorkForce component, realize it is almost entirely made up of retired persons, stay-at-home moms, students and disabled. The fact these people do not have to work is a sign of strength in the economy, not weakness.
In short, as to unemployment, the Cons can run, but they can not hide. The Cons will have to shift their criticism to income disparity, where they do have a case... as long as they are honest that income disparity is a 30 year problem, not something created by Obama.