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What’s the Real State of the Union? These Numbers May Tell

From The Blaze:

A day before President Obama delivers his third State of the Union Address, his political opponents are lining up their responses. Speaker John Boehner has already printed a pamphlet to back up his positions.

It is doubtful that the President and the Speaker will see eye to eye on many things. Presented below are some basic statistics about the country. The numbers have been culled from a Washington Times Op-Ed from Joseph Curl

In the area of jobs and unemployment:

  • Unemployment currently sits at 8.5%. When Obama took office, it was 6.8%.
  • There are fewer payroll jobs in America than there were in 2000, and 40% of those are considered to be “low-paying.”
  • Also in decline, the self-employed. In the past six years, two million fewer people consider themselves to be self-employed.

In January, USA Today quoted GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on the unemployment problem since Obama took office:

“Three full years into the Obama presidency, and there are still 1.7 million fewer Americans going to work today than there were on Obama’s Inauguration Day.”

Read the rest at  The Blaze.


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