First, the April 2011 unemployment rate jumped up to 9.0% (up 0.2 percent from March 2011). This uptick means more and more Americans are out of work, based on report of unemployment benefits. And the total unemployment numbers prove that, with 15.9% percent of the American out of work as of April 30, 2011.
Graphically, Obama's economic recovery plan is failing to deliver:
Official Unemployment Rate
Total Unemployment Rate
The political outlook for President Obama looks dire. Historically, no President has won re-election with an unemployment rate above 7.2 percent. If the election were held today, Obama would lose.