Jobs & The Economy: Putting America Back to Work
“It is our generation’s task, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth —
a rising, thriving middle class,”
The Obama Administration is working together with policymakers and private industry to safely grow our economy, while creating jobs and helping small businesses thrive.
President Obama believes we have to do more than just recover from this economic crisis. We have to create true middle class security by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the world. And we need to strengthen small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy and critical to job creation and sustained economic growth.
In response to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which helped to create jobs while making the investments we need to create true economic security for the middle class. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act supported as many as 3.5 million jobs across the country by the end of 2010.
When the President took office, the American auto industry was shedding jobs by the hundreds of thousands and GM and Chrysler faced the possibility of liquidation – which would have caused at least 1 million more jobs to be lost. The President made the tough choice to help provide the auto industry the temporary support it needed to grow and prosper. Two years later, GM, Ford, and Chrysler are all adding jobs, generating profit, and investing in their U.S. facilities.
Six Facts You Need to Know
Each month the economy continues to extend the longest streak of private-sector job growth on record: over six straight years.
The unemployment rate has been cut in half from ten percent to under five percent today.
The auto industry has added hundreds of thousands of jobs since mid-2009, the industry’s strongest growth on record.
American households have recovered more than $30 trillion in net worth since the President took office.
Under President Obama, the deficit has fallen by about three quarters since 2009, measured as a share of the economy.
Health care prices have risen at the lowest rate in 50 years since the Affordable Care Act became law.