The beauty has been supplied by a mich higher authority and the economic reality by the Obama administration!
In conjunction with the graphic posted this morning at TPC showing relevant US economic performance statistics from the first 3+ years of the Obama administration, the charts below provide a level confirmation from other sources.
The U-6 Unemployment Rate!
The U6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but it also counts "marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons." Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the "marginally attached workers" include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over.
The number of Americans receiving some kind of government assistance!
U-6 chart source
Dependence Index chart sourcePhotos courtesy of SpaceWeather.com