Back in June, President Obama kicked off Democrats’ “recovery summer” with a crew of hard-hat workers in Ohio. With Friday’s announcement that unemployment edged up to 9.6 percent in August as the economy shed 54,000 more non-farm jobs, “recovery summer” might be the worst slogan since “Mission Accomplished.” Obama and his allies will continue claiming their stimulus package has things moving in the right direction, but the jobs figures say otherwise. Officials said although the private sector added 67,000 jobs last month, it was more than offset by 121,000 lost jobs on the government side. The White House and top congressional Democrats no doubt will see sunshine in the private-sector gains, but officials said the government losses were more than just Census jobs ending. State and local governments are trimming payrolls — and a lost job is a lost job. Overall, the U.S. economy has lost jobs three straight months now — and the November mid-term elections are less than two months away.