Who’s In ‘Great Shape?’

Despite 8.5% Unemployment, Senator Schumer Thinks ‘We Are In Great Shape’



Schumer: ‘We Think We Are In Great Shape. We Are In Good Shape’

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “The Republican speaker last night, Mitch Daniels, talked about Americans must talk about the state of the union as grave. So, we think we are in great shape. We are in good shape.” (Sen. Schumer, Press Conference, 1/25/12)


1,663,000 Jobs Lost January, 2009 – December, 2011

(U.S. Dept. Of Labor, “Employment, Hour, And Earnings From The Current Employment Statistics Survey (National),” Accessed 11/28/11)

13.1 Million Americans Are Currently Unemployed (BLS Household Survey)


Unemployment Rate: 8.5% Now vs. 7.8% In January, 2009

 (“The Unemployment Situation – December 2011,” Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 1/6/12) ; (BLS, Accessed 1/24/12)

Long-Term Unemployment Has More Than Doubled: December 2011: 5.6 Million Vs. January 2009: 2.7 Million. (BLS.gov, Accessed 1/24/12)