November 26, 2015


Democrats and Republicans alike agree that jobs and the economy are the dominant issues that will drive Tuesday’s presidential outcome.

Here, then, is a look at nine economic facts facing Americans as they head to the polls:

1. Every fifth man in America is out of a job. Black male unemployment is now at the highest rate it has ever been since the U.S. government began collecting statistics on the subject in 1972. Just 56.9 percent of black men over the age of 20 are now working.

2. Every seventh person you pass on the sidewalk now relies on food stamps, a figure that represents 46.7 million Americans.

3. On the last day of President George W. Bush’s presidency, gas prices were $1.84 a gallon. Today under President Barack Obama, the average price of a gallon of gas costs $3.56.

4. In 2006 and 2007, 90% of all college graduates found a job. Under Obama, just 56% of college graduates are able to find a job.

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