By  on October 7, 2012

WASHINGTON — Apparel and accessories stores boosted payrolls in September, as the overall economy added 114,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years, a Labor Department report showed Friday.

The unexpected drop in the unemployment rate could give a much-needed boost to President Obama, who has been facing widespread criticism for a lackluster performance during the first presidential debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday night.

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