Democratic congresswoman: Unemployment worse than 8.2 percent

July 18, 2012 at 4:54 am

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, continues to increase despite reported decreases in unemployment.

According to Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro, however, the reason behind the swelling food stamp rolls is that unemployment is worse than the 8.2 percent reported earlier this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Let’s just say this,” DeLauro said during a Thursday CSPAN interview, when presented with a Bloomberg Government graph showing millions more people on food stamps even as unemployment decreased from Oct. 2009-Dec. 2011. “When we talk about the unemployment numbers, unemployment is 8.2 percent. That’s not including the people who have stopped looking for jobs. So, we’re looking at — probably — it’s a higher number given that the number of people who have stopped looking for a job can’t find a job, people who have been unemployed for a year or two years, who are unable to find jobs.”

Many have pointed out that it will be difficult for President Barack Obama to win re-election with an unemployment rate as high as 8.2 percent.

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  1. Rachel says:

    maybe she got tired of lying for Obama

  2. EHeassler_USNRet says:

    So, who will she by lying for now?

  3. Though she’s all over the map, she got the basic premise correct. We know that if we add in those who’ve just given up and stopped looking for work, those who are no longer eligible for unemployment (and are therefore not counted as unemployed by Obama’s govt.), and those who have settled for burger flipping jobs (underemployed); the actual unemployment/underemployment number is closer to 21.6%. Ane after 3 1/2 years Obummer is still blaming Bush. 3 1/2 years of not only not helping the unemployment problem, but keeping folks out of work with his punitive taxes on the job producers (who he calls the eevil rich).

  4. Ken Martin says:

    She only wants to be reeleected. All leftwing, Socialist mind must be put out immediately… If congress was for the people and the consitution we would not be in this mess. All the supported Obama in anyway must go….

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