Thursday, February 03, 2005

State of the Union 2005 by the Numbers

ON UNEMPLOYMENT:
--5,630,000: American workers unemployed in December 2000
--8,050,000: American workers unemployed in December 2004

ON PERSONAL DEBT:
--1,226,037: number of personal bankruptcies filed in 2000
--1,584,170: number of personal bankruptcies filed in 2004

ON HEALTH CARE:
--39,800,000: number of Americans without health insurance in 2000
--45,000,000: number of Americans without health insurance as of January 2004

ON RISING GAS PRICES:
--$1.51: average price of a gallon of gasoline in 2000
--$1.88: average price of a gallon of gasoline through November 2004

COLLEGE COST
--$7,750: average cost of tuition and fees at 4-year public university in 2000 when Bush promised to increase Pell grants to $5,100
--$11,354 :average cost of tuition and fees at 4-year public university in 2004 when Pell grants remain at $4,050 for 3rd straight year

FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
--$121.97 billion: promised since 2001 to make No Child Left Behind act work
--$95.01 billion: actually provided since 2001 for NCLB due to Bush administration cuts

FALLING WAGES
--$13.00: hourly wage of the bulk of jobs eliminated since Nov 2001
--$9.00: hourly wage of the bulk of jobs created since Nov 2001

RISING HOUSING COSTS
--$14.00: U.S. median hourly wage in 2004
--$15.37: U.S. hourly wage needed to afford the average two-bedroom apartment in 2004

WORKPLACE INEQUITY
--$517: weekly take home of average US worker in 2004
--$155,769: weekly take home of average US CEO in 2001

[Campaign for America' Future]

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