Employment-Population Ratio, Correlated with Majority Party

Employment-Population Ratio and Averages, January 1995 - August 2013

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Republicans held majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2007.

Over those 144 consecutive months, the average Employment-Population ratio was 63.3%, and the last of those 144 consecutive months, the last time that Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency, December 2006, the Employment-Population Ratio was slightly above that average, coming in at 63.4%.

THAT is what Obama and his fellow Democrats “inherited” from Bush and the outgoing Republican majority!

Nancy Pelosi took control of the House, and Harry Reid took control of the Senate (along with then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, etc.) on January 3, 2007.

Democrats opposed Republican attempts to reform Fannie and Freddie before it was too late.

Democrats raised the minimum wage three times in three years.

Democrats drove the economy into the ditch and then left it in the ditch for four years.

Democrats drove the Employment-Population Ratio down under 59%, where it has stayed for FOUR YEARS.

If we had 63.4% employment today (like we had in December 2006 under Bush and the Republican Congress), instead of 58.6% (like it was in August 2013), then 4.8% more of our population would be employed. How many people does that represent?

According to BLS table A-1, the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 years+ in August 2013 was 245,959,000.

4.8% * 245,959,000 = 11,806,032

If we had the same level of employment that we had during the last month of a Republican House, Republican Senate, and President Bush, then
over 11.8 Million more Americans would be employed right now!

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4 Responses to Employment-Population Ratio, Correlated with Majority Party

  1. And let’s not forget that Democrats (without a single Republican vote in favor) passed the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, a.k.a. “Obamacare”, which is neither affordable nor protects patients. Many people are finding out that if they like their current health care plan they are NOT going to be able to keep their plan.

  2. Numbers just keep getting uglier…

  3. What A Hoot says:

    Excellent, RP! And thank you for sharing.

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