The April jobs numbers offered tentative hope for President Obama’s reelection bid, but a potentially more telling indicator will come later this month -- the latest state-by-state unemployment data.
[I]n several key 2012 battleground states, where economic progress will likely be critical to Obama's reelection hopes, the unemployment rate remains above the national average.
Unemployment in Florida, Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina is above the 9 percent mark, with Nevada claiming the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 13.2 percent.
Florida's rate is the nation's third highest, coming in at 11 percent. North Carolina's unemployment rate stands at 9.7 percent with Colorado at 9.2 percent.
Florida is considered a must win for Obama if he wants a second term, while North Carolina is among the states the president would like to keep in the purple column.
And there are several battleground states where the unemployment rate is near the national average.
In Ohio, for example, the unemployment rate is 8.7 percent.
A slew of new polls released this past week showed a bump for Obama’s approval rating, ranging between six and 10 percentage points, but his numbers on the economy remained in the tank. Even as Obama's overall approval jumped 11 points in the latest CBS/New York Times poll, the numbers on his handling of the economy hit an all-time low at 55 percent disapproval.