So, Where ARE The Jobs?

By Patricia L Johnson and Richard E Walrath

The question that keeps repeating itself over and over again by the Republicans is “Where ARE the Jobs?” Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) asked the question again on January 10, 2014:

Posted by Speaker Boehner’s Press Office January 10, 2014 Press Release WASHINGTON DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for December 2013: “Every American has a right to ask the question “Where are the jobs?”.

After doing everything possible to make sure a jobs bill was not passed, Boehner wants to know Where are the jobs?

It’s more than obvious Republicans do not know the first thing about Job Creation. They can spout their talking points until they are blue in the face, but the fact remains the numbers tell an entirely different story. Republicans simply do not know how to create jobs. To prove the point let us look at the number of jobs created under each President over the past 25 years as follows:


During the four year period of time that President George H.W. Bush was in office there were a total of 2,588,000 jobs created.


President William J. Clinton’s eight-years in office created 23,230,000 jobs, the most that have ever been created during an eight-year period of time and more than were created by 10 other presidents combined.


President George W. Bush’s eight-years in office brought about the “great” recession and total job creation of 2,050,000 jobs. President Bush’s policies were so geared towards job creation that in his final year in office we lost 3.6 billion jobs in 2008, followed by a loss of 5.1 million jobs in 2009, or a total loss of 8.6 billion jobs in a two year period.


President Barack Obama’s policies can only be described as bordering on miraculous because in a 62 month period of time he has created 2,925,000 jobs – approximately 875,000 more jobs than were created than in the full 96 months of George W. Bush’s Presidency, with little or no assistance from Republican members of Congress.

If you throw in the fact the U.S. experienced one of the worst recessions in the history of our country which began in December of 2007 and did not end until June 2009, President Obama’s policies have been exceptionally successful. The answer to the question “Where are the jobs?” is quite simple really, they are in the hands of the Democrats and if you want to see more jobs created in this country you would do well to remember that fact when you go to the polls this fall.


© 2014 Johnson and Walrath

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Patricia L Johnson is a former special assignment writer/photographer and co-owner of the Articles and Answers News and Information sites.
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4 Responses to So, Where ARE The Jobs?

  1. Amen to that, about voting Democrat. Thanks for shining a light on some truth. It’s amazing to see these figures; I had no idea that so many jobs were lost in GW’s time. I agree, it makes what President Obama has achieved miraculous.

  2. Patricia JohnsonPatricia Johnson says:

    I posted this to a blog I have, but don’t use, and the numbers are far easier to read on that site as follows – I’m not sure why the charts and tables are appearing so small, because I made them much larger, but… what will be, will be. I’ve decided I have no control over anything that goes into cyberspace anymore 🙂

    Nice to see you on this site Jen!

    I hate to come across all the time as being a Presidential “Groupie”, but I just cannot say enough good things about President Obama. What he has accomplished, with what he had to work with is truly amazing. At some point in time, when folks finally figure out what’s going on, I believe he will definitely go down in the history books as one of the best.

    Through the years I’ve written article after article about the Bush years, but I starting writing them back in his first term of office when folks just weren’t able to see the writing on the wall and realize the consequences of the actions in D.C.

    The problem now is we have to get rid of those that are causing the problems, and these same people are making it more and more difficult for folks to vote. Just this morning I was reading an article where 9 more Republican states have made it more difficult for folks to vote. They’re determined to win by hook or by crook.

    Thanks for the comment Jennifer and have a good day,


  3. Democrats are going to have to come out from under their chairs and go on offense, not defense. Even with Republicans working
    night and day against them, more jobs have been created under Obama in his first five years than were created under Bush. That’s
    a good thing to remember if Jeb Bush is the Republican candidate
    in 2016.

    • Richard, I really think this is another one of those situations where if a person hears something over and over again, they assume it’s gospel. Think back about how long the Republicans have been asking ‘where are the jobs?”, it’s been forever, or how far in debt Obama got us, when our national debt has very little to do with his policies. This country started going downhill the minute the Bush administration made the first tax cut retroactive to December 31, 2000. That was the beginning of the end and you’re right Dems have to crawl out from under whatever rock they’re hiding in and get the message out. During the past 12 month period we have averaged 189,000 jobs per month, and that’s including January and February of 2014 when numbers were low due to the extreme cold and never ending snow (our snow still hasn’t entirely melted). It’s going to be a tough sell – look what happened yesterday. The WH announced we hit 7.1 million in enrollments on ACA and Fox spent the next eight plus hours basically calling the President a liar – even though the insurance industry agreed with the numbers. It’s going to be a tough war to fight.

      Thanks for the comment, but I’m not sure why you’re commenting on an article you co-authored. I realize you do it on our website all the time, but this site isn’t one of ours. 🙂

      Have a good one and be well!

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