They're not the best resource, but: http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/obamas-economic-recovery-in-just-9-charts/ Had costs not been so high, never mind wages, students retraining thanks to the great recession so they can still have a chance at a job that requires a degree wouldn't have become an issue. Obama is not to blame for that since Obama doesn't control the market - private companies do and they set the job requirements, for which a degree is a determining qualifier. Other reasons for this include subsidy cuts in funding to colleges, and far more obvious-in-plain-sight: colleges ramping up costs because the value of a degree had been noticed so with "supply and demand" addressing that, that is why costs went up (I'll save the tangent on grade inflation, course quality dilution, etc for another post), and don't look at instructors who have to have expensive Masters degree for that luxurious $60k/yr job if they're lucky... http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/teaching-careers/general-science-teacher/ (thus proving that expensive piece of paper is valuable for far more reasons than just having the resume you sent in given more than a cursory glance...) Anyway, Companies continue to pay so low or value so little that people need to apply for welfare: (That graph alone should bestow Candidate Clinton an easy victory!) It does not help considering how much corporate welfare companies take, so if they need to take corporate welfare but pay so little, despite being big names like Walmart, isn't something fundamentally wrong in not valuing or rewarding work?? The following is simple - job offshoring or automation led to this, news articles for years have pointed those issues out, and excuses companies make are largely hysterical, though there are a couple of valid reason - but people will have to do their own research to find out what those rare reasons are: Correlation is not causation, however- what Obama is blamed for easily stemmed from issues that came about before he was elected. If you go into a burning house and rescue people and people outside didn't see you come in, those people might blame you for starting the fire because of a perceived correlation. And Bush did hide war costs for an illegal war, for which he admitted there was no imminent attack - Obama put those costs back into the general budget, which then brands him a big spender even though that was not deserved. Forgive me I'm wrong or at least gently edify me, Obama doesn't control the market. He has to sign or veto bills that Congress, lobbied by private industry, makes, and a veto can be a waste of time is a president notices a congress that clearly is able to override a veto. Then again, everyone says Congress is lazy and does nothing?