by Zoë Pollock
Steve Benen narrates:
[Above is a] chart showing private-sector job creation in the latter half of 2010, when stimulus money was still being spent, and when Democrats enjoyed the congressional majority. [Below the jump is] a chart showing private-sector job creation so far in 2011, after stimulus spending largely ended, Republicans took control of the U.S. House and most of the nation’s gubernatorial offices, and the national discourse pivoted from jobs to the deficit and debt.
Now, I know full well that the job market isn’t weak because of GOP gains, and I also know better than to make a post hoc ergo propter hoc mistake. But I do take some enjoyment from looking at these developments as a Republican would. Indeed, Mitt Romney likes to talk all about who “made things worse.”
[Update: a reader points out the very different numbers on the y axis, which makes the graphs pretty misleading. Commenters over at Benen's place have pointed out the same thing, reminding us that "it's data presentation 101 rule not to do that." Apologies, –Z.P.]