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Some depressing benchmarks on the country’s economic status.

There are two very simple questions that need to be asked over the next eighteen months. The first is, Are you better off than you were four years ago?

If the answer is “Yes,” the second question is even more blunt: Really?  How are you managing that?

March ’07 March ’11
Unemployment Rate 4.40% 8.80%
Gas price (per gallon) $2.56 $3.60
National Debt 8.84 trillion 14.27 trillion
Monthly deficit 95 billion 189 billion
Median House Price* $262,600 $202,100
S&P 500 Index 1420.86 1332.31
Employment-Population Ratio 63.3% 58.5%
Consumer Price Index* 205.532 221.309

(Items with an * are using February 2011 data)

…because the rest of the country’s kind of getting hammered, here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

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