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Washington wrestles with stagnant jobs report.
The country's unemployment rate remained unchanged in August.
Employers added no net jobs last month.
According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent.
It's the weakest report in almost a year and the first time since February 1945 the government has reported a net job change of zero.
Only 17,000 jobs were added in the private sector, the fewest since February 2010.
In addition, manufacturers, retailers, transportation and construction companies all cut jobs last month.
A strike by 45-thousand Verizon workers wiped out what could have been a modest jobs increase, but washington's bitter partisan battle over the debt ceiling and the credit downgrade that followed
created a whole new level of uncertainty.
"I believe that we have done everything we can, and I know that right now there is a lot of concern with what's happening in the Congress and we have to get beyond that," says Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
President Obama is spending the weekend at Camp David as he gets ready to unveil his jobs plan to Congress and the country next week.