Whopper of the Day: DNC Chair Claims Unemployment Has Not Increased Under Obama

Contrary to Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s claims, the unemployment rate rose for the first 10 months of Obama’s presidency, peaking at 10.2 percent before remaining in the high 9 percent range for the majority of 2010. The unemployment rate did decline in November – after hovering around 9 percent for most of the fall – but that was due to a large number of workers giving up on their search for a job, not because the economy was creating a significant amount of new jobs.

In fact, most of the reductions in the unemployment rate have been due to factors other than job creation, including the hiring of temporary Census workers in 2010, discouraged workers leaving the workforce, and seasonal hiring.

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