There’s no nice way to say it. The Republicans are lying to you about Obama’s record. Mitt Romney has repeatedly claimed President Obama “has not created any new jobs.” Newt Gingrich has said, “the President has now spent three years proving that he kills jobs in energy, he kills jobs in manufacturing, he kills jobs in virtually every part of American life.” The numbers say otherwise:
* The U.S. has seen 23 consecutive months of private-sector job growth.
* The private sector added nearly 3.7 million jobs over those 23 months.
* The manufacturing sector has added 396,000 jobs since December 2009, with annual job growth in the last two years for the first time since 1997.
More statistics and larger version of the chart here.
In fact, industrial output has increased more than 14 percent since hitting a recession low in June 2009, which was only five months after President Obama took office. At this time, “industrial output is less than 5 percent below its pre-recession peak, reached in September 2007.”
Additionally, since President Obama took office, oil and gas production has increased each year and in 2011 the U.S. has produced more oil than any time since 2003. And “about 75,000 jobs were created in the oil and gas sector under the Obama Administration between 2009 to 2011, according to analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Which by the way is somewhere around “69,000 more jobs than would be created by construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”
In other words, anyone who tells you President Obama hasn’t improved our economy, fostered growth and created jobs is either woefully misinformed or outright lying