Inform a Republican: Under Obama, we’re off to our best Private-Sector Job Growth since 1999

obama-smilingHere’s a fact most Republicans won’t want to hear—yet they can’t dispute (just ask Politifact):  In the first half of 2013, we’re off to our best private-sector job growth since 1999.

Which is funny, considering all Republicans have told Americans since Obama became President was how awful he’s been for jobs.  But then again, as I’ve said plenty of times, “fact” and “Republican” aren’t two words that often go together.

And despite the fact we’ve had this 14-year high in job growth for the first half of the year, Republicans continue to perpetuate this myth that President Obama has been terrible for job growth and “Obamacare” is a “jobs destroyer.”

But before I continue, let’s look at the numbers Politifact used in their fact check:

Private-sector jobs numbers December-June:

2013 +1,234,000
2012 +1,146,000
2011 +1,209,000
2010 +344,000
2009 -3,876,000
2008 -861,000
2007 +688,000
2006 +1,109,000
2005 +1,211,000
2004 +1,111,000
2003 -366,000
2002 -531,000
2001 -773,000
2000 +953,000
1999 +1,296,000


First I would just like to point out a quick fact this chart also shows.  It seems that 4 of the 8 years Bush was President we lost jobs during these same months, whereas we’ve gained jobs under Obama in 2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2013.

And I can already hear Republicans, “But look at all the jobs we lost in 2009 under Obama!”  If that is your argument, you’re already admitting that he’s been a success.

Anyone capable of applying any kind of logic knows that Obama inherited a rapidly sinking economy.  The vast majority of the jobs he lost happened during his first 3 months in office—when his policies hadn’t had any time to take affect.  In fact, we saw job losses cut in half 2 months after President Obama signed his 2009 stimulus bill.

To see a true rundown of Obama’s record on jobs that Republicans don’t want you to see, check out this link.

Combine these jobs numbers with a stock market that continues to set records, and many corporations seeing record high profits.  If Obama is a “socialist” as many Republicans continue to claim—he’s the worst socialist in human history.

And let’s not forget, these jobs have come with absolutely no help from Republicans in Congress.  In fact, we’ve had this private-sector job growth despite the fact Republicans have done all they could to sabotage our economy.

We’d have even more jobs (and lower unemployment) if Republicans hadn’t insisted on budget cuts which have led to over 1 million public jobs being eliminated due to their austerity push.  Because as we all know, tax cuts for the wealthy and subsidies for big oil are more important than jobs for average Americans. 

So while Republicans like to continue to perpetuate their propaganda about jobs and our economy, the facts just don’t back up their rhetoric.

While we still have a long way to go, our country is moving forward—which is something Republicans continue to do their best to try and prevent.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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