Unemployed? Consider the following when you head to the voting booth

9/08/2012-  Amended:  I went back and checked my numbers again and found that I must have been really tired when I did the original spreadsheet, so I looked at it again.  Although place does not change, tThis time I added the years for each configuration of White House and Congress.  You can see from the chart below that when all three are controlled by Republicans, unemployment figures, on average, are the best.  When the Congress is controlled by Republicans and the White House by a democrat, 2nd best, and when the Republicans control the White House and the House of Representatives, 3rd best.

Unemployment Figures

09/03/2012, Kelly Knight, Editor of Knightly Report:  When Republicans control both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the average unemployment rate for those years is 4.87%.  When Democrats control both houses of Congress, the average unemployment rate is 5.72%.

When Republicans control the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives the average unemployment rate for those years is 4.97%.  When Democrats control the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives the average unemployment rate is 5.74%

When Republicans control the White House and Senate, but not the House of Representatives, the average unemployment rate is 8.13%, but when the Democrats control the White House and Senate, but not the House of Representative, the average unemployment rate is 8.5%.

When Republicans control the White House and the House of Representatives, but not the Senate, the average unemployment rate is 5.3%.  When the Democrats control the White House and House of Representatives, but not the Senate…this has never happened since 1951.

When Republicans control the White House, but Democrats control the Senate and House of Representatives, the average unemployment rate is 5.69%.  When the Democrats control the White House, but Republicans control the Senate and House of Representatives, the average unemployment rate is 4.77%.  The only time this has happened is during the Clinton Administration, when we had the dot.com boom and Clinton largely governed as a moderate.

Finally, when Republicans control at least two of the three (White House, Senate, House of Representatives) the average unemployment rate is 5.79%.  When Democrats control at least two of the three (White House, Senate, House of Representatives) the average unemployment rate is 6.65%.

When it comes to lowering unemployment, it is safe to say that having Republicans in control is our best hope.

References: Data extrapolated from unemployment reports and Control of Congress records 1951-2011

Copyright 2012, The Knightly Report

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