March 7, 2012
Median in the United States is down 7.8 percent since December 2007 after adjusting for inflation.
There are 5.6 million less jobs than there were when the last recession began back in late 2007.
In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent. Today, the for that same age group is about 13 percent.
In 2007, 73.2 percent of all young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 that were not enrolled in had jobs. Today, that number has declined to 65 percent.
Back in the year 2000, more than 50 percent of all Americans teens had a job. This past summer, only 29.6% of all American teens had a job.
When Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million. Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million.
The average duration of unemployment in the United States is nearly three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.
According to the Obama administration, about 20 percent of all jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs back in the year 2000. Today, about 5 percent of all jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.
Sadly, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.
The U.S. trade deficit with China during 2011 was 28 times larger than it was back in 1990.
About twice as many new homes were sold in the United States in 1965 as are being sold today.
The total value of household real estate in America has declined from $22.7 trillion in 2006 to $16.2 trillion today.
At the end of 2011, 22.8 percent of all homes in the United States with a mortgage were in negative equity. That would have been unthinkable a decade or two ago.
Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.
Total consumer debt in the United States has increased by a whopping 1700% since 1971.
Since the beginning of 2009, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by more than 90 percent.
The number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.
In November 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, 46.5 million Americans are on food stamps.
Federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Medicare spending increased by 138 percent between 1999 and 2010.
Right now, spending by the federal government accounts for about 24 percent of GDP. Back in 2001, it accounted for just 18 percent.
In 2004, the U.S. government had a budget deficit of a little over 412 billion dollars. This year, the U.S. government will run a of over 1.3 trillion dollars.
The U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.
Greene, about to turn 50, worked for 16 years as an Oracle software developer, most recently at a Pennsylvania company that made electronic components for cars. When he was laid off in June 2008, the recession was just taking hold, and he still had job interviews. By fall, with the economy in free fall, his phone stopped ringing.Greene hoped the downturn would be brief and he’d weather it with unemployment benefits.But the jobless rate hovered above 9% and Greene’s 99 weeks of unemployment expired. He had trouble sleeping. Depression set in. Without , he took precautions ~ carrying hand sanitizer and his own pen when doing errands to avoid getting sick and having to pay $65 for a doctor’s visit.“There’s no room for error,” he says “There’s no extra money.”