Tomorrow marks the first Friday of the month, which means the prior month's official national unemployment rate will be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As we have over the past few months, we'd love for Atlantic readers to weigh in with their predictions. So vote in the poll after the jump!

Last month our readers did fairly well -- 27% of respondents predicted the correct level of 9.7% for August. That's much better than the mere 2% who correctly guessed 9.4% for July. I hope we can keep with the positive trend. It may help to note that the jobless numbers released this morning were not great -- claims rose 17,000 to 551,000. The post I wrote yesterday about the new Rutgers' unemployment report likely would predict around 10% for September (based on its assumptions).

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