35 Reasons Why America Is in Unemployment Economic Decline


1. Median household income in the United States is down 7.8 percent since December 2007 after adjusting for inflation.

2. There are 5.6 million fewer jobs than there were when the last recession began back in late 2007.

3. The U.S. government says that the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by 17.9 million between 2000 and 2011. During the entire decade of the 1980s, the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by only 1.7 million.

4. In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent. Today, the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent.

5. In 2007, 73.2 percent of all young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 that were not enrolled in school had jobs. Today, that number has declined to 65 percent.

6. In 2000, more than 50 percent of all American teens had a job. This past summer, only 29.6% had a job.

7. 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.

8. The average duration of unemployment in the United States is nearly three times as long as it was in 2000.

9. In 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, it’s less than  65 percent.

10. According to the Obama administration, about 20 percent of all jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs in 2000. Today, it’s about 5 percent.

11. More than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.

12. In 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs. Today, it’s more than 40%.

13. The U.S. trade deficit with China during 2011 was 28 times larger than it was back in 1990.

14. About twice as many new homes were sold in the United States in 1965 as are being sold today.

15. Home prices in the 4th quarter of 2011 were four percent lower than they were during the 4th quarter of 2010. Overall, U.S. home prices are 34 percent lower than they were during the peak of the housing bubble.

16. The total value of household real estate in America has declined from $22.7 trillion in 2006 to $16.2 trillion.

17. At the end of 2011, 22.8 percent of all homes in the United States with a mortgage were in negative equity.

18. Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

19. Total consumer debt in the United States has increased by 1700% since 1971.

20. Since the beginning of 2009, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by more than 90 percent.

21. The number of children living in poverty in California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.

22. In 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty. Today, it’s 15.1%.

23. In November 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, 46.5 million Americans are on food stamps.

24. The U.S. dollar has lost 96.2 percent of its value since 1900.

25. In 1950, the United States was 1 in GDP per capita. Today, it’s 13.

26. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government. In 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

27. In 1980, government transfer payments accounted for just 11.7% of all income. Today, government transfer payments account for more than 18 percent of all income.

28. Federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.

29. Medicare spending increased by 138 percent between 1999 and 2010.

30. In 1990, the federal government accounted for 32 percent of all health care spending in America. Today, that figure is up to 45 percent.

31. In 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, it’s one out of every 6  and looking to go higher.

32. Spending by the federal government accounts for about 24 percent of GDP. In 2001, it accounted for just 18 percent.

33. In 2004, the U.S. government had a budget deficit of around 412 billion dollars. This year, the U.S. government will run a budget deficit of over 1.3 trillion dollars.

34. In 2001, the U.S. national debt was less than 6 trillion dollars. Today, it is over 15 trillion dollars and it is increasing by about 150 million dollars every single hour.

35. The U.S. national debt is more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

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