The "Bikini Graph" is back!


Remember Rachel Maddow's "Bikini Graph"? We haven't seen it for awhile.

There are glimmers of good news, and the new version of the Bikini Graph (that no longer resembles a bikini) reflects that in a nice, easy to understand (well, except for Republicans), visual way. Via Steve Benen:

[G]iven the hole we've been in, what we're looking for are significant steps in the right direction. That's exactly the news we received today.

With that in mind, here is a different homemade chart, showing monthly job losses/gains in the private sector since the start of the Great Recession. The image makes a distinction -- red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration.


We should use this instead of the Obama logo. Mugs, tee shirts, mouse pads... unless, of course, the GOP manages to screw it all up again. They're sure doing their level best to do that.

  • edbotsko

     Sadly, this is the real truth in this election cycle... Hate for our President supercedes logic, patriotism and sheer common sense...

  • Paratrooper18

    The problem with using jobs numbers is that they are easily manipulated. Things like unemployment compensation extensions skew the numbers, as does seasonal adjustments and trimming of the workforce.

    On the political side, the tea baggers will created enough self-inflicited wounds on the GOP that they have no chance. The back story to last year's tea party surge is that now the GOP is imploding state by state.

  • The better the US does, the worse it is for GOP. They will do just about anything to keep negative pressure on the economy. And they don't have to fear that the Foxwatchers will ever see this chart.

  • The better the US does, the worse it is for the GOP.