As Paddy already noted, U.S. consumer spending in December was th highest in four years, and the economy added 155,000 jobs. But that would never stop us from posting more jobs news by way of The Maddow Blog's Steve Benen's famous Bikini Graphs.
Go here for more Benen crunchy goodness. For now, this will have to tide you over.
Key words: "Jobs added." First, the overall job growth Bikini Graph. Red bars show monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue bars represent job totals under the Obama administration.:
As is often the case, austerity measures undermined the employment landscape -- while America's private sector added 168,000 jobs in December, the public sector lost 13,000 jobs, including over 11,000 teachers. (President Obama's American Jobs Act was intended to prevent this, but congressional Republicans refused to vote on his proposal.) [...]
For the 2012 calendar year, the nation added over 1.83 million jobs, which is down slightly from 2011, but is the second best annual total since 2005. The private sector, meanwhile, added over 1.9 million jobs last year.
Get it yet, GOP? Austerity doesn't work; neither does incessant obstruction and filibustering, for that matter. Nor does introducing Repeal Obamacare legislation and anti-abortion time-and-money wasters (aka Jobortion) instead of jobs bills.
Here's a look at the private sector jobs that were added: