Bloomberg by the Numbers: 36

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A job fair in Brooklyn, New York.

That’s the percentage of people who said this month that the U.S. economy is worsening, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. It’s the highest percentage since January and up from 33 percent in June.

About 25 percent said the economy is getting better and 37 percent said it’s unchanged, according to the survey produced by Langer Research Associates.

The monthly gauge is measured separately from a weekly index that’s based on how respondents rate the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances. That index was minus 37.9 in the week ended July 15, barely changed from minus 37.5 the previous week.

Here’s a look at some Bloomberg stories about the economy and the election:

JOBS JAB: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, looking to change a campaign narrative that’s included scrutiny into his personal finances and business background, is accusing President Barack Obama of paying insufficient attention to job creation, Julie Hirschfeld Davis writes.

POLL POSITION: Obama and Romney are in a statistical tie in a New York Times/CBS poll that Don Frederick analyzes.

ON THEIR TOES: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by the Dodd-Frank financial regulation overhaul, is keeping Wall Street financial firms “on their toes” one year after its creation, director Richard Cordray tells Carter Dougherty.


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