The Obama answer to the “are you better off” question — in 1 chart

September 4, 2012

CHARLOTTE -- No fight is more critical to President Obama's chances at winning re-election this fall than convincing the American public that they can -- and should -- answer "yes" to the question of whether they are better off than they were four years ago.

That debate is deeply complex and, as such, is not easily handled in the context of a political campaign. So, in hopes of cutting through the clutter we are offering the best argument for each side in chart form.

We'll start on the pro-Obama side of the argument with the chart below that details private sector job creation between December 2007 and the present. (Stay tuned for the Republican retort -- also in chart form!)

The story the chart tells is a simple one. When Obama came into office the private sector had been losing lots (and lots) of jobs. Since March 2010, the private sector has gained jobs every month. And so, yes, you are better off.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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