DNC Chair Denies Unemployment Has Gone Up Under Obama | RealClearPolitics video link available at above linked page... If the rate did not go up under Obama, how then can it be 'nearing right around where it was when President Obama took office'??? UE rate in January of 2009 was 7.6% Increase in unemployment rate in January 2009, The Editor's Desk It reached 10.1 in October of 2009 Unemployment in the U.S. - Google Public Data Explorer currently it is at 8.6%. Let's see... began at 7.6%, which according to the math I learned in grade school, is LOWER than the high of 10.1%, or the current ratet of 8.6%... yet the head of the DNC says the rate did not go up. THIS is who the libtards want running their party? More power to ya!