February 17, 2009: $787 billion Recovery Act signed into law. Unemployment rate stands at 7.6%.
September 28, 2009: Reports indicate that Recovery Act spending has reached $102 billion.
November 6, 2009: Department of Labor announces that 190,000 jobs were lost in October and that the unemployment rate rose to 10.2%--surpassing the 10% unemployment mark for the first time since 1983.
February 12, 2010: The press reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent Democrat Members of Congress a memo stating that "The Recovery Act is a hallmark achievement of this Congress…"
The picture is from Monday, February 14, 2010 at a Carnival parade in Dusseldorf, Germany.