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Numbers show Middle Class has no friend in Bush


The Real State of the Union Under Bush

THE BUSH INDEX: Undermining the Middle Class with Fewer Jobs, Less Pay, Higher Costs

Fewer Jobs, Less Pay.

Total number of lost American jobs (private sector) since Bush took office: 1.8 million

Average difference in earnings between industries losing jobs and those creating jobs: $9,160 less

Number of jobs Bush needs to create each month to avoid losing jobs before election day: 900,000

Number of Presidents in the last 70 years who have lost jobs during their terms of office: 1

.increasing health care costs.

Increase in family health care premiums since Bush took office: 50 percent

How much faster health insurance premiums are growing than workers' earnings last year: 4 times

Number of Americans who have lost health insurance since Bush took office: 5.2 million

Total number of Americans without health insurance: 45 million

.and more obstacles to achieving the American Dream

Increase in college tuition since Bush took office (on average): $1,207 - or 35 percent

Increase in child care costs since Bush took office (on average): $2,050

Increase in gas costs for households with children: 33 percent

Increase in households filing for bankruptcy between 2000 and 2003: 33 percent

Number of seconds between household bankruptcy filings last year: 19

Increase in the annual federal deficit since Bush took office: $658 billion

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