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Voters say Friday's jobs report doesn't mean much to them

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Analysts say Friday's jobs report isn't a slam-dunk for either candidate, though it did provide some relief for President Barack Obama.  Unemployment numbers are notoriously volatile, and if the last one before the election showed the economy slipping, it could have been devastating for him.

Of course, both campaigns have drastically different views on what today's numbers mean for the country.  But from the sound of it, voters have already decided.

"I made up my vote - my mind - a couple of months ago," voter Sharon Bree said, one of dozens who told us the same thing.

"I'm not paying a whole lot of attention to exactly what the numbers are right now," Larry Gratch said outside an early voting precinct in Charlotte. "I think it's a much bigger issue than just one report."

Employers added 171,000 jobs in October, more than economists were predicting, and more than initially estimated in both August and September.

The president seems proud of the progress. "This morning we learned that companies hired more workers in October than at any time in the last eight months," he said while campaigning.

His supporters feel the same.

"Very proud," Charlotte resident Joe Winkley says.

But analysts think the numbers aren't dramatic enough to earn Obama many new fans.

"I think most of the middle class is hurting probably more than anyone," Gratch says. "The deficit just continues to go up, so. I think there's a lot of work left to be done.

"We're going to win Tuesday night," Romney told a cheering crowd Friday from his own pulpit.

Only this, though, is for sure: the race will be a tight one. Despite adding jobs, today's report shows that the unemployment rate actually ticked up slightly. Some say progress seems stagnant.

"Too slow, too slow," a woman told us as she was about to cast her vote for Romney.

However, experts say that unemployment only seems higher because more people started looking for work again after months of giving up on the process.

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