Gallup: Only 29 Percent Approve of How Obama's Handling Creating Jobs

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 18, 2011 | 5:45 PM EDT

President Barack Obama visits Maquoketa High School students, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, in Maquoketa, Iowa, during his three-day economic bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

( - Only 29 percent of Americans say they approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling creating jobs, according to the Gallup poll.

In a survey conducted Aug. 11-14 and released yesterday, Gallup asked 1,008 Americans: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?" Only 29 percent told Gallup they approved while 65 percent said they disapproved.

In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate in the United States was 9.1 percent.

In January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, unemployment was at 7.8 percent according to the BLS. Since then, it has never been below 8.2 percent. According to the BLS, the national unemployment rate has been above 9 percent for 25 of the 30 months that have passed since Obama's inauguration.