Rick Perry’s Sparkling Jobs Record Took a Hit in the Month of August

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WASHINGTON - MARCH 07:  Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) listens to remarks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill March 7, 2006 in Washington, DC. The hearing was held to review the president's request for additional resources to assist the Gulf Coast region in its recovery from hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 07: Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) listens to remarks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill March 7, 2006 in Washington, DC. The hearing was held to review the president's request for additional resources to assist the Gulf Coast region in its recovery from hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Photo: Mark Wilson/2006 Getty Images

While Texas's unemployment rate remains below that of the rest of the country, it rose to 8.5 percent last month, the highest in the state since 1987. Some might see lemons, but Perry's spokesman is making lemonade: "Texas is not immune to the effects of the national recession," he wrote in an e-mail blaming President Obama. [WSJ]