The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Martha M. Hamilton
In the "Obama economy ... the youth unemployment rate is double the unemployment rate for all Americans."
"Bank of America could create 878,300 jobs with benefits if they spent their 2010 bonuses on job creation."
"The total unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino workers has increased from 10% to 10.3%" between January 2009 and March 2012.
"One out of two Americans … are living either in or near poverty. That means 150 million Americans, half of us."
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