When President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney go head-to-head for the first time tonight, Americans will be looking to answer two questions: Did Obama, given the free-falling economy he faced when he entered office, do a good enough job of fixing it? And who will be better for the economy and job creation over the next four years?
Accusations will be thrown, words will be twisted, and figures will fly. So when it comes to the status of the American job market, how it fared under Obama, and the problems it will confront ahead, we thought it would be helpful to lay out the facts, pure and unpolitical: