Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Senate Republican Communications Center is pointing out a data point President Obama and congressional Democrats like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would rather not talk about - 2,837,000.
That's the number of jobs lost between February 2009 and December 2010, according to the Department of Labor's Current Employment Statistics Survey.
Here's another data point Obama and company talk about all the time - 8 million. That's how many jobs they claim to have saved or created during the same period. Actually, they don't use the 8 million figure, but that's approximately what you get when you add up all their promises.
First, there was the 3.5 million jobs saved or created that Vice President Joe Biden promised Feb. 25, 2009. That was his memorable "drop-kick the economy" remark:
"Because this is about getting this out and spent in 18 months to create 3.5 million jobs and do -- to set -- tee this up so the rest of the good work that's being done here literally drop-kicks us out of this recession and we begin to grow again and begin to employ people again.”
McConnell's office further points out that Reid, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, and then-House Speaker Pelosi also promised the 3.5 million jobs to be saved or created.
Then there was the 4 million new jobs to be created by Obamacare. That was the figure used by Pelosi, Schumer, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA. That gets the Democrats to 7.5 million jobs promised to be saved or created.
Finally, there was the Small Business Credit Act, which Reid and Pelosi promised would create 500,000 new jobs.
Despite all those promises - and $1.5 trillion budget deficit Obama, Reid and Pelosi generated with all of their federal spending last year - unemployment is still at 9.4 percent and shows no signs of falling significantly any time soon.
So a logical question to ask Obama, Reid and Pelosi is this: Where are those 8 million jobs you promised America?