Another important factor to take into account is that the figures from, say, 2005 and 2006, were the result of an economy that was in a housing bubble, one that was getting ready to burst. That created the mess that Obama has been cleaning up. There is nothing objective about yer analysis; it's baseless, unqualified, partisan rhetoric. And so predictably you portray those who take an unbiased view as falling into that category.
pinqy mentioned trends. Here's U-4 over the past twenty years:
It moved between 4% and 6% until the Great Recession hit. It's about to re-enter that range. That's why we say Obama has led the employment market back to recovery.
Here's discouraged as a percentage of the civilian population aged 25 to 64 from 2000 until last fall:
Same trend — getting back to the normal range. Ideally, you'd look at the civilian labor force over the age of sixteen. If you weren't such a pathetic hack, I might work up a graph of those numbers, but there's no point in it.