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Judy Smith of Dalton, Ga., looks over paperwork as she files for unemployment for the first time since being laid off from a catering job. Though the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent in August, pushed down by 368,000 dropping out of the labor force, job growth remains subpar and will not be enough to put millions back to work. (Associated Press)

Judy Smith of Dalton, Ga., looks over paperwork as she files for unemployment for the first time since being laid off from a catering job. Though the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent in August, pushed down by 368,000 dropping out of the labor force, job growth remains subpar and will not be enough to put millions back to work. (Associated Press)

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