Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Jobs, By the Numbers

2…the number of years of consecutive employment growth in manufacturing, after not one single year of growth between 1997 and 2010.

8.5 percent…the unemployment rate, the lowest since February 2009 just after President Obama took office.

22…the number of consecutive months of private sector job growth.

12,000…the number of public sector jobs lost in December of 2011 alone.

212,000…the number of private sector jobs created in December of 2011 alone.

280,000…the number of public sector jobs lost in 2011.

315,000…the number of health care jobs created in 2011.

673,000…the number of private sector jobs lost during the entirety of the eight-year Bush presidency.

1,080,000…the number of net jobs created during the entirety of the eight-year Bush presidency.

1,600,000…the net number of jobs created during 2011, after accounting for job losses in the public sector.

1,900,000…the number of private sector jobs created during 2011.

IN TWO  SENTENCES: In either of the past two years alone, President Obama created more private sector jobs than President Bush did during the entirety of his eight-year presidency.  While today’s jobs numbers are a promising sign, it’s no time to get complacent when 14 MILLION Americans are still out of work.

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Top 10 U.S. Government Investments in 20th Century American Competitiveness

Today, Commerce Secretary John Bryson held an event at the Center for American Progress to release a comprehensive report, “The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States.” In conjunction, CAP’s Jennifer Erickson put together a top 10 list of government investments in 20th century American competitiveness:

  • Ellis Island
  • Panama Canal
  • Hoover Dam
  • GI Bill
  • Marshall Plan
  • Interstate Highway System
  • Apollo Space Program
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • Humane Genome Project

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