A big story most of the news media has ignored:
As of April, there are now more private sector jobs in the United States than there were in January 2009, when President Obama took office. You read that right. We have now replaced all of the private sector jobs lost while Obama has been president.Think Progress, by Michael Linden, the Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund
And that was no mean feat, given that over the course of 2009, the private sector shed about 4.2 million jobs.
Why is this so big? Remember that Obama inherited an economy in free fall, and the stimulus did not really stop the free fall until late in 2009. During that year, 4.2 M jobs were lost. Since then, this nation has created over 4.2 M jobs, and more are being created each month.
So why is unemployment still so high? In part, it's the Republican war on public workers:
Unfortunately, the news is not nearly so good when it comes to the public sector, where there are currently 607,000 fewer people working than there were when President Obama took office.Think Progress by Michael Linden, the Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund
The other part is the millions of jobs lost before Obama became President. Still much work to be done to reduce unemployment, but we have to defeat the Rs in order to do it.
There is a great graph showing this here: Think Progress by Michael Linden, the Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund