Note that the unemployment rate chart shows a significant improvement starting around July 2003 but the labor force and the participation rate charts show only a nominal improvement. People aren’t reentering the work force in large numbers – they’re staying out.
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the bottom line about the Bush employment situation is that it’s worse than when he took office – as a percentage of the population less people are employed.
I also read this:
The U.S. Army, aiming to make its recruiting goals amid the Iraq war, raised its maximum enlistment age by another two years on Wednesday, while the Army Reserve predicted it will miss its recruiting target for a second straight year.
People can now volunteer to serve in the active-duty Army or the part-time Army Reserve and National Guard up to their 42nd birthday after the move aimed at increasing the number of people eligible to sign up, officials said.
All things work together for the greater glory of BushCo.