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months, if not years. the labor department tells us job creation was down. just 115,000 new jobs in april. so after rising for three straight months, the job growth numbers have now fallsen for three straight. the unemployment rate dropped from 8.2 to 8.1%, but it turns out that's bad news, which we will explain in just a moment. so, is the economy improving or not? anthony mason found out today it's a little bit of both. >> reporter: manufacturing's been one of the most consistent bright spots in the recovery, and at crestron, the new jersey-based maker of technology management systems-- you're still hiring. >> absolutely. >> reporter: george feldstein's company will add 350 jobs this year, increasing his workforce by more than 10%. >> everyone seems to want to jump on the fear wagon, and, you know, the chicken little and the sky falling.
>> reporter: you don't think the sky is falling. >> the sky is not falling. >> reporter: overall, job growth in april was weak, just 115,000 new jobs added. although gains for february and march were revised up, a combined 53,000. we are creating more jobs. >> yes, we are creating more jobs. >> reporter: but says economist ellen zentner, of nomura securities, the economy and job market can't seem to reach breakaway speed. >> there is that sense we're almost there, we're almost there. it's like the "i think i can, i think i can," and then it doesn't quite happen. >> reporter: and there are new headwinds ahead. are you worried about the election at the end of this year and what that could mean for the economy? >> absolutely. where do i begin. >> reporter: randy klein who runs day-to-day operations at crestron says a change in washington could change his company's health care costs. and the tax bill. >> fidon't know what tax rate i'm going to pay, if i don't know anything. so if you tell me the rules, i'll play the game. >> reporter: otherwise,
uncertainty brings everything to a stop? >> absolutely. >> reporter: if a business doesn't know what its costs will be, klein says-- >> how do we know how many people we can hire. >> reporter: worries about the weak job number had one upside today. oil fell below $100 for the first time since february. that will mean cheaper gas, scotland, and of course a little more money in people's pockets. >> pelley: thanks very much, anthony. now we mentioned a moment ago that the drop in the unemployment rate is bad news. here's why-- if someone gives up looking for work, he's no longer counted as unemployed. the drop in april isn't because people found work. it's entirely because 342,000 americans quit looking. our research department came up with this-- starting in 1981, this shows the percentage of americans in the workforce, meaning they have a job or they're looking for one. the number grows steadily, until 9/11, and then it starts to drop and really picks up steam independent great recession.
today the percentage of americans in the workforce is down to where it was 30 years ago. we asked elaine quijano to tell us about some of the folks who are still searching for work, and she decided to look in rhode island where the unemployment rate is about 11%, one of the highest in the nation. >> there's so much unsettleat this point, and you think at 50 you should be settled. and here i am at 50, and i'm not. >> reporter: for 20 years, gilda paul worked at this chemical manufacturing plant in rhode island. you thought you were going to retire there. >> oh, absolutely, yeah. because we were all getting on in age. we started there when we were young, so this was a company you didn't leave. >> reporter: the plant once employeed 1500 people. >> they closed down production. they sent it over to china and india and mexico. so we knew at that point it was just a matter of time. either they closed us down or they would relocate us. >> reporter: she was laid off in 2010.
over the last decade, rhode island has lost more than 37% of its manufacturing jobs, the biggest decline in the nation. did you try looking for a job noyour field? >> oh, absolutely, absolutely. >> reporter: and what did you find? >> not much. >> is it subjective versus objective with the help of federal grant money she's back in school training as a medical assistant. >> voila, look at this. >> reporter: her new skills don't guarantee her a job. her husband, a carpenter, is also out of work, leaving the state they grew up in may be their best option. did you think it would get to that point where you'd even entertain that idea? >> i figure-- right now i'm doing what i can to stay in rhode island. this is home. you do what you have to do. >> reporter: gilda paul's unemployment benefits run out in september. she thinks they'll run through their savings by the end of the year.
elaine quijano, cbs news, greene, rhode island. >> pelley: it looks like that diplomatic standoff between the united states and china is finally coming to an end. at the center of it is the chinese human rights dissident chen guangcheng. he escaped from house arrest two weeks ago, was rescued by u.s. diplomats, and then with secretary of state clinton in beijing for talks, he was returned to the chinese. chen is still in a hospital being treated for a foot injury that he suffered in his escape. david martin picks up the story. >> reporter: just when it looked like the chen case was about to cause a major rupt nur u.s.-chinese relationes, secretary of state clinton wrapped up her tumultuous visit to beijing by announcing a deal that seemed to meet his latest demandses. >> i'm pleased that today our ambassador has spoken with him again. our embassy staff and our doctor had a chance to meet with him. and he confirms that he and his
family now want to go to the united states so he can pursue his studies. >> reporter: that after a day in which chinese police had ringed the hospital where chen was undergoing medical tests. when u.s. officials drove up to check on him, they were turned away. but the chinese now say he can leave the country. >> we are also encouraging by the official statement issued today bilet chinese government confirming that he can apply to travel abroad for this purpose. >> reporter: it was a remarkable breakthrough, considering what has happened since the u.s. mounted a middle-of-the-night covert operation to smuggle chen into the american embassy. ambassador gary locke then brag about it. >> we engineered almost a maneuver out of "mission impossible" to bring him into the embassy. >> reporter: after chen left the embassy, he embarrassed both american and chinese diplomats, first by repudiating the deal
they had negotiated for him to remain in china, then popping up as the star witness at a congressional hearing, testifying in his native mandarin he feared for his family's safety. despite it all, china's leaders apparently decided not to let one man derail relations with the u.s. periods, as chen's friend jerome cohen points out, coming to this country will probably cost chen his hopes of changing china. >> she knows that coming to the united states, however dynamic and enabled they are have very poor track record and interesting people independent united states and what's happening in china. >> reporter: this afternoon, scott, new york university announced chen has a standing invitation to become a visiting scholar at their school of law. >> pelley: david, thank you. earlier today, we spoke with asia correspondent holly williams in beijing. she's been following the story for our partner, british sky news.
the chinese government hasn't said a great deal about all of this, but i wonder, knowing the chinese as you do, what does the chinese government get out of this potentially? >> over the last few years, we have seen human rights gradually slip down the agenda when western governments speak to the chinese government. what chen guangcheng has managed to do singlehandedly, by escaping house arrest and seeking american help, is push human rights right back up to the top of the agenda. >> pelley: you know, the chinese government controls the media in that country very carefully. i wonder what the average chinese has heard about this case over the last few days. >> reporter: very little. things like facebook and twitter are blocked here. and chen guangcheng's name has been blocked very effectively by china's censors. we have heard the chinese government's opinions on this matter have a the state-controlled media. i want to give you one example. an editorial in the beijing
daily newspaper today. they attacked the u.s. ambassador to china, gary locke. they said he is a standard-issue american politician intent on stirring up conflict. >> pelley: holly williames of british sky news covering this story for us all week long, thank you, holly. today, philadelphia's roman catholic archbishop said he has ousted five priests who were among 26 investigated on suspicion of sexual misconduct. it's part of the fallout from a criminal investigation that's been going on for more than a year. today, the archbishop lefta i lot of questions unanswered and families frustrated. >> reporter: philadelphia archbishop sailed the five priests found unsuitable for ministry can appeal, choose a life of prayer and penance oh, leave the priesthood. >> the decisions announced today reflect our commitment to protect children, victims,
restore the integrity priesthood, and provide evidence to the broader community that it can have confidence in these outcomes. >> reporter: but chaput refused to share any details of the priests' role in the sex abuse scandal. >> i need to balance the need for transparency with the pain already felt by victims, pain which we acknowledge and do not wish to compound. >> reporter: three priests were cleared. another case was deemed inconclusive because the priest died, but the fate of 17 other priests is still unresolved. six of those are under investigation by the assistant district attorney d.a. you have the answers you were hoping to get going in there today? >> no. >> reporter: susan matthews attended the press conference. her priest is one of the open cases. >> we don't need another kumbaya partly to mostly. we need real change in how child sex abuse is handled by church leadership. >> reporter: do you think you saw the beginning of that change tatted gidon't know and i won't
know until i see it with my eyes. i don't believe words anymore. >> reporter: father david givey not only officiated matthew's wedding but baptized her two children. >> they're calling into question their faith, and they are wondering what ist means if there's been this much hypocrisy. >> reporter: a 27th priest, monsignor william lynn, was suspended in march. he is currently on trial for protecting priests accused of abuse. scott, he is the first high-ranking u.s. catholic clergy member to be charged in the scandal. >> pelley: seth, thank you. a bad cheand a president in trouble. it's election time in france. is the advanced f-22 fighter too risky to fly? and up in the sky, it's supermoon when the cbs evening news continues.
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