That’s the number of people employed full-time in the private sector in January, 2001, when President George W. Bush raised his right hand to take the oath of office.
That’s the number of people employed by the private sector in January, 2005, after four years of supposedly “pro-growth” tax and regulatory policies almost identical to those now being proposed by Mitt Romney.
That’s the number of jobs “gained” in the first term of President Bush, even after major tax reductions in 2001 and 2003 that were supposed to jump-start hiring by giving more affluent Americans an incentive to invest.
That’s the number of people employed by the private sector in January, 2009, at the end of President Bush’s second term in office.
That’s the total number of private sector jobs “gained” by the U.S. economy in the eight-year period from January 2001 to January 2009 under President Bush.
That’s the number of people employed fulltime in the private sector as of August 2012, the most recent data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s the number of private-sector jobs added to the U.S. economy since President Obama took office in January 2009. It means that we have recovered all of the 2.1 million jobs lost in the first three months of his presidency and then added more than 400,000 jobs on top of that.
Note, however, that while we’re making slow progress, we remain 231,000 private-sector jobs behind the total when President Bush took office in January 2001, which is more than 11 years ago.
(NOTE: At commenters’ request, here’s how you find the data used above. Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Click on the second box from the top, “Total Private Employment,” and then go down to the bottom and click “retrieve data.” Once on the site, you can adjust the time frame for which you seek data.
– Jay Bookman