Monthly Unemployment Rates, January 2001-August 2011

In commemoration of President Obama’s speech tonight, here’s a time series graph of monthly unemployment rates from January 2001 –  August 2011 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics):


Interestingly, here’s an Internet polling graph captured minutes after President Obama’s speech came to a close; it is very bimodal, as is the current mood of our country (source:


Finally, here’s the latest from the prediction markets concerning the odds of President Obama winning re-election in 2012: