Actually, Lois, most folks don't respond to such a number in a lock step sort of way anymore. They look at the underpinnings, like how many people have given up looking for work - how many people are underemployed - how many people have filed for disability claims thru SSA - that sort of thing. The conclusion is the economy is stagnant. 4 years after the collapse of the housing marked & the only thing Obama has to show for it is wasted political capital on a boondoggle healthcare program which few like & a trillion dollars wasted on a stimulus with nothing to show for it but a few bankrupt solar power companies & a car company that has lost much of its' value.
Obama didn't get a bump last month because of the above. Reality sucks, no?