They are saying this because they made a "mistake" lowering it to 7.7% in November, when it should have been 7.8%. Therefore since 7.8% was the correct number it's now conveniently called remaining the same at 7.8%! You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see the Obama administration PURPOSELY fudged the number. If the 7.8% stayed at 7.8% in November and not dropped, then it would have hurt the Big O. When it dropped it helped. Very convenient mistake not carrying over the 1!