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How unemployment numbers are directly impacted by who controls Congress

I cannot think of a more poignant argument for returning power of Congress to the GOP than the data below. When Pelosi and crew took over power from the GOP in January 2007, we were riding a 12 year GOP streak of controlling the Congress with an average unemployment rate of less than 5%.  Yet when Pelosi and the Democrats took over in January of 2007, they immediately set to work with policies destroying American jobs.  Failed energy policies, ballooning trade deficits, business unfriendly policies and rhetoric, etc have all led to an average increase of over 5,000 unemployed Americans per day for nearly 3 years.  That’s one job every 3 seconds.

Labor force status:  Unemployment rate
Type of data:        Percent
Age:                 16 years and over

Now, here’s a look at the unemployment numbers from the preceding era of when the GOP took over from the Democrats in the 1994 revolution.  This chart is easy to read, and perhaps bland, but that downward unemployment trend means about a 4% difference in unemployment, it means a nation rich with opportunities, it means parents being able to take care of their children, it means pride and dignity for all with a half decent work ethic.  The story of GOP Congressional rule was one of continued job creation (as well as budget surplus) with a brief surge in unemployment after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.  Then again, the GOP Congressional majority achieved job creation and lowered American unemployment, until the Democrats took over in January of 2007.

Labor force status:  Unemployment rate
Type of data:        Percent
Age:                 16 years and over