OK, I’ve cherry picked a few particularly striking examples, and these numbers aren’t necessarily using the same definitions of unemployment. But unemployment levels are pretty crap in many parts of the world, and Depression-era bad in a few. And things are not really improving greatly if you’re in the crap parts – growth is slowing in the USA, and unemployment may continue to rise.
Perhaps we could have a serious talk about the economy at some point during the election campaign? Did the government maybe do something right at some point? And how did policies along the lines of the Coalition’s (such as they are discernable) turn out?
UPDATE: It seems like somebody at Labor HQ thinks this might be worth discussing also, seeing Gillard has just challenged Abbott to a debate on the topic.