Unemployment Rate: September 2012
Created on October 5, 2012
President Obama promised that government spending would “stimulate” the economy and quell rising unemployment by “creating or saving” millions of jobs. In January 2009, Obama’s advisers produced a chart visualizing the positive results of his recovery plan. But actual unemployment (in red) has far exceeded the White House estimates.
October 2009: 10.1%
September 2012: 7.8%
WHITE HOUSE ESTIMATES
Sources: Unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; original chart from Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan,” January 10, 2009.