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Texans reflect on economy, jobs this Labor Day

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Labor Day usually marks the unofficial end of summer.

The last thing to be top of mind on a holiday is work, but Labor Day celebrates the American workforce. This year’s holiday caused some to reflect on a nation working to get itself out of recession.

"We lead the nation in job creation. We’ve got the fasted growing population in this country. Since June of 2009, Texas has added 474,000 new jobs - one quarter of all the jobs in this country," Gov. Rick Perry touted.

While Perry boasts about Texas' economy, many Texans say they are thankful to have a job they can take the day off from this Labor Day weekend.

"We have had a really rough few years, and people have been out of work, but it celebrates being able to work as well," Dallas resident D'ann Hughes said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Texas' unemployment number sits at 7.2 percent, over a full percentage point under the national 8.3 percent average. It’s a topic quickly dominating the national stage during the presidential race.

The Obama administration put forth an American Jobs Act offering incentives for, among other things, companies who hire unemployed people. It’s one of many efforts to put a dent in the unemployment numbers.

"There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that has been supported by both Democrats and Republicans," President Obama said.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney says Obama's efforts have failed to create jobs or stimulate the economy.

"The deficits, they slow our economy restrain employment and cause wages to stall, to the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past. I can guarantee you this, If Barack Obama is elected you will be right," Romney said.

Back on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, people enjoyed the day off and say, despite the tough times they're thankful they have a job to return to on Tuesday.

"It has been really rough on a lot of people, and we're from Dallas. The thing for us is that it has made stay-cations popular for us. That's why we're in Austin," Hughes said.

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