Young Adults Who Voted for Obama Now at 12.8% Unemployment
After almost one full term of Obama's policies, the
unemployment rate is still above
8% according to figures released on June 6, 2012.
The number of unemployed women ages 16 and over in the civilian work force increased by 780,000 from January 2009. The economy created only 80,000 jobs in June while 85,000 workers exited the workforce entirely to sign up for Social Security Disability insurance.
According to investors.com,
since June 2009 3.1 million workers applied for disability
benefits outnumbering the 2.6 million jobs created during the same time period.
In June 14.9% of Americans were unemployed, underemployed or had given up looking and were not counted as employed—up from 14.8% in May and 14.5% in April.
The terrible June numbers do not tell the hidden story of individual citizens losing hope after months, and in some cases years of looking for work.
One of the hardest hit groups? The18-29 year-old group, 66% of whom lined up in 2008 to vote for Obama. In June 2012, this age group’s unemployment rate is at 12.8%.
Obama promised young people they'd be better off with him four years ago. Now the stimulus money has dried up and there are few shovel-ready jobs to show for it.
The “blank screen,” as Obama described himself, has
disappointed many of the young adults who came out in support of his 'spread
the wealth around' plan. That agenda has led to a general hostility toward
success and self-reliance—the long-standing bedrock of America's
The latest BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) numbers should counteract the President's drone-like stump speech blaming the Republicans for the stagnating economy. His recent childish assertion that "most people would acknowledge that I've tried real hard" should make even the most loyal Obama supporter ready to give him the heave-ho.
Will millennials who can't find a job keep taking him back? Denial
is a powerful survival mechanism and most people don't ever like to admit they
Will young people begin to see through the facade of the last 4 years and vote this symbolic president out of office?
Numbers don't lie when they match up with the reality of millions of high school and college graduates without any job prospects.
Will they see the light and hit bottom by November?