"Here is an embiggened version of the infamous jobs chart prepared by Obama administration economists Jared Bernstein and Christina Romer back in January 2009 (and now updated again by me with data from the August jobs report)."
Petroleum Usage, Last Five Weeks Compared to Previous Years
"Petroleum usage history for the past 6 years for this 5 week snapshot - you can see the drop from '06 to '07 was small [...] My experience suggests that if petroleum does not grow at least 0.8% year on year the economy is headed recessionary [...] We see a good improvement in 2010, not anywhere near the recovery we need as we were in an abyss, but it shows improvement. This year, we see another significant downturn, reflective of a stalled at-bet economy."
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