It's a figure that was touted a lot during the Democratic
National Convention, but have 4.5 million new jobs really been
created under this administration? Lachlan Markay, an investigative
reporter for The Heritage Foundation, says it all depends on
when you start counting.
"[That's the number] only if you measure it from early 2010,"
Markay explains. "If you take it from the beginning of the Obama
administration, we're looking at about a net 300,000 private sector
jobs -- obviously far fewer than we'd need to see any sort of
But even if one accepts that time frame, Markay says it has to
be compared to similar cases historically. "If you look at the
recession of the early 1980s, we saw about three times the number
of jobs created since the end of the actual recession under
President [Ronald] Reagan," he says.
The Heritage spokesman says he believes the
Obama administration includes temporary census jobs. "It's sort of
a wash," he says, "because if you look at the employment chart
including the census jobs, you see a big spike right when there was
a lot of [census] activity -- but then it goes right back down once
most of those jobs were taken off the books."
Markay adds that even with the slight decline in public sector
jobs over the past few years, the unemployment rate for government
workers is still well below what it is for private sector