Urbin Report

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Compare and Contrast

By way of NRO's The Corner
Democrats on the Economy in 1996:

"Our economy is the healthiest it has been in three decades." (President Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address, January 23, 1996)

Democrats on the Economy in 2008:

"The bottom line is that this administration is the owner of the worst jobs record since Herbert Hoover." (Senator Charles Schumer, Press Release, March 7, 2008)

Key Labor Market Statistics in 1996 and 2008


March 1996 March 2008
1. U.S. Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.1%
2. Number of Long-Term Unemployed 1.33 million 1.28 million
3. Average Weeks Unemployed 17.3 weeks 16.2 weeks
4. Median Weeks Unemployed 8.3 weeks 8.1 weeks
5. Not in Labor Force because
discouraged over job prospects 451,000 401,000
6. Democrats calling for Extended
Unemployment Benefits? No Yes
7. President’s Party Affiliation Democrat Republican