Employment(and lack of)

Politicians can make things sound good or bad depending on many factors. Take a look at these charts and see for yourself how good or bad the unemployment situation is.

The Index of Help Wanted Advertising in Newspapers. This chart shows how many employment ads there are in local newspapers. (Hint for those who have trouble reading charts — worst in ten years.)

Here’s the Median Duration of Unemployment. (Hint for those who have trouble reading charts — slightly better than the worst in ten years.)

Civilian Employment-Population Ratio. (Slightly better than the worst in ten years.)

Civilian Participation Rate. (Worst in ten years.)