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Jim Tankersley shows us how the economy is looking through several handy charts.

These two charts show:

1. How unemployment is decreasing but way too many Americans are still jobless (that’s about 13 million).

2. There’s less demand than there was before the recession. One example is in construction. There is less of a demand from customers for construction companies which results in them not needing to hire more people.

Go here to view more charts and read Tankersley’s analysis. 

That’s why I can say with confidence that rich people don’t create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a “circle of life” like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than a capitalist like me.

So when businesspeople take credit for creating jobs, it’s a little like squirrels taking credit for creating evolution. In fact, it’s the other way around.

The inequality talk that TED won’t show you (via restorationcalls)

Latest from Restoration Calls. The full story drops tomorrow. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., participate in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. The news conference was held to discuss the May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report, which was released this morning. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., participate in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. The news conference was held to discuss the May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report, which was released this morning. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Nines

theoval:

UI rate down to 9%. But only 36,000 jobs created. Potential explanations abound: population adjustments, huge number of people suddenly leaving the labor force (unlikely), revisions to earlier numbers. People will focus on the 0.4 point drop and see momentum and movement and optimism. So the White House will probably take this one…. even as they struggle to explain why the number of actual jobs created was so low, even for a December.