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DNC Chair Denies Reality

Sarah Isgur Flores - December 12, 2011

In an interview this morning, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to argue with the facts and insisted that unemployment has not risen under Obama; however, the 13.3 million unemployed Americans might disagree. Wasserman Schultz can’t dispute the numbers, which show a drastic increase in unemployment since Obama took office.

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson: “Unemployment has gone up precipitously since he took office.”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “That is simply not true. In fact, unemployment has now dropped below 9%. It’s continuing to drop. He’s been focused on – ”

Carlson:  “Yes, but it's higher than when they promised that the stimulus would lower it to 8%.”

Wasserman Schultz:  “That narrative doesn't work for you anymore.”

Carlson: “It’s not my narrative. I’m just talking about facts of where the unemployment numbers are.”

Wasserman Schultz: “You just said that the unemployment rate is going up since he took office, and it hasn’t.”

Carlson: “Is unemployment higher now than when President Obama took office?”

Wasserman Schultz: “What's happened since President Obama took office –  “

Carlson: “Is unemployment higher than when he took office?”

Wasserman Schultz: “Unemployment is nearing right around where it was when President Obama took office and it's dropping. You just said that it's been increasing and that's not true.” (Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” 12/12/11)

The DNC Chair May Be Confused But The Facts Are Clear:

Since President Obama Took Office The Nation Has Lost 1.9 Million Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 7.8 Percent To 8.6 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 12/12/11)

  • Since Obama Took Office, There Are 1.3 Million More Unemployed Americans And The Average Duration Of Unemployment Has More Than Doubled From 19.9 Weeks To 40.9 Weeks. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 12/7/11)
     
  • 5.7 Million Americans Are Unemployed 27 Weeks Or Longer And 8.5 Million Americans Are Working Part-Time For Economic Reasons. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 12/12/11) 

“At This Pace, It Will Take Until The End Of 2016 For The U.S. To Replace All The Jobs Lost During The Recession That Ended Two Years Ago.” “This continues the recent trend of a slowly improving job market, consistent with a tepid recovery but no recession. In 2011, the economy has added about 120,000 jobs a month. At this pace, it will take until the end of 2016 for the U.S. to replace all the jobs lost during the recession that ended two years ago. After the previous seven post-World War II recessions, it took the economy on average about two to three years to recover job losses.” (Editorial, “When 9% Is A Relief,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/7/11)

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: “Unless The Economy Turns Around In The Next 18 Months, Obama Is On Track To Have The Worst Jobs Record Of Any President In The Modern Era. That Would Be An Accurate Statement.” (Glenn Kessler, “Rick Perry’s Claim That Obama Has ‘Killed More Jobs’ Than Any Other President,” The Washington Post’s “The Fact Checker,” 8/22/11)


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