From the article:
"The Congressional Budget Office is predicting that the national unemployment rate will remain above 8 percent until 2012, the year of the next presidential election."
"The unemployment rate was at 7.7 percent in January 2009, when President Barack Obama's top economic advisers said the economic stimulus package Obama was then proposing would prevent unemployment from rising above 8 percent. Currently, the national unemployment rate is at 9.6 percent. Four years ago, in September 2006, it was at 4.5 percent."