In the next few weeks, the Army is expected to announce 40,000 troop cuts to comply with Congressional budget mandates, along with many thousands more pink slips for civilian support staff.

I laugh every time someone tells me how this administration has “helped” unemployment.

Past U.S. Unemployment Statistics

  • 2015 – May 5.5%
  • 2014 – January: 6.6% – Retail lost 12,900      seasonal workers since the holiday shopping season      disappointed. Second, health care lost 6,000 jobs, after losing 4,000      in December. The lower rate was surprising, since more people      went back into the labor force, and the participation rate improved to      63%. 
  • 2013: 6.7%  -The rate remained      above 7% until December, when it fell to 6.6%. Meanwhile, the stock market      rose by nearly 30% as businesses reported strong earnings. 
  • 2012: 7.9% - Discouraged workers      returned to the labor force, keeping the rate above 8% until right before      the Presidential elections. The threat of the fiscal cliff suppressed job growth for      the rest of the year.
  • 2011: 8.5% - Nearly half of the      unemployed had been so for six months or more.
  • 2010: 9.3%  -  Unemployment      remained stubbornly above 9.3% the entire year.
  • 2009: 9.9% – Unemployment peaked at 10% in      October, the first time it it double digits since the 1982 recession

Pres Obama took office here

  • 2008: 7.3%  - The rate was only      5.0% in January, but quickly rose to 7.3% by year end.
  • 2007: 5.0% - Unemployment remained      below 5% until December, giving no clue of the impending recession.

Now, with the military branches cutting personnel at the cyclic rate, these numbers will increase significantly.  Not to mention your military will continue to be bare bones.  many "argue" this administration has decreased the unemployment rate. Ok, ya from when he took office and shot it up to 9% (thanks for that by the way) but it still isn't below the previous administrations numbers and its about to grow again. Wow, great improvements/change…. Time for a C-Gar


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