Did you catch the February, 2009 date? Forgive the analogy, but I it seems to fit... If the economy is a large ship, when President Bush took over, we were full speed due North. He immediately began to slow down and turn the ship. When he left office, we were heading due South faster than we thought we could go. Not only has President Obama turned the ship around, but we have started to gain speed, and we are roughly back to where we were when he took office. The GOP line of "things are worse than when he took office" may not work very well for much longer. If they can't ride the economy, are we going to see lots of social issues, abortion, flag burning and English as national language between now and the election? Or, are they going to try to convince people that things are a lot worse than they really are? Before anyone says the numbers are worse than 8.3%, I know that. The linked article addresses that issue. In addition, I would expect the number to climb as soon as the people who had dropped out of the job search decide things are looking up enough to begin looking for work again. In addition, there are temporary jobs related to tax season which will likely be shed in late April/May. However, the expected job contraction related to the holidays didn't materialize, so there is hope.