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Obama jobs speech: how has unemployment changed over time and where is it worst?

What has happened to jobs in America under Obama? See how unemployment has changed
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Obama and jobs in the US are in deep focus tonight. So, how bad is US unemployment under this president?

Obama gives his latest job creation plan tonight, on the day that the Dow Jones drifted ever downwards.

Meanwhile Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke called for politicians not to jeopardise the fragile economy.

Federal officials are reported to be deeply divided over the benefits of further electronic monetary easing.

Employers have added no new jobs on balance in August, and the unemployment rate is stuck at 9.1%. No US president since FDR has won an election with unemployment that high. This shows what’s happened since January 2009, when the President took over:

Data released today by the Labor Department showed applications for unemployment benefits rose to 414,000 in the week ended 3 September, up from 412,000 in the prior week – going up but not as high as the peak of 2009.

We’ve mapped the unemployment data by state – you can explore it here:

Wall Street’s downbeat mood did not spread to London, where by mid afternoon the FTSE100 had maintained the morning’s modest gains, reaching 5323 points, a 0.09% increase on the previous day’s trading

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