After ignoring unemployment, Obama seeks to convince Americans it’s his top priority

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

White House spinners are working furiously in the final 72 hours before President Obama’s State of the Union speech.  Their job: convince the recession-scarred American public that economic recovery is Obama’s top priority — after everything he has said and done to suggest otherwise.

The unemployment rate is 7.9 percent — one tenth of a point higher than it was when Obama took office in January 2009.  But the true toll of joblessness is far higher.  The Labor Department’s so-called U-6 rate, which includes people who want a job but have become so discouraged they have quit looking, is 14.4 percent.  And a new study, by Rutgers University scholars, shows that 23 percent of those surveyed have lost a job sometime in the last four years, while another 11 percent have seen someone in their household lose a job.  That is one-third of the American people who have experienced unemployment during Obama’s time in office, along with many more who have experienced other hardships of the economic downturn.

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2 Responses to “After ignoring unemployment, Obama seeks to convince Americans it’s his top priority”

  1. Glorious Socialist Utopia on 10/10/13 at 11:06 am

    Whew! Comrade Dear Leader the Immaculate Messiah is going to get that laser like focus out and smote the unemployment! Happy days are here again? Government jobs for everyone. Woo Hoo!

  2. Blue Hen on 10/10/13 at 8:08 pm

    He doesn’t a rat’s ass if the people who print up the budget are out of work.

    Newsflash to the peasantry: he does NOT CARE!