Obama job approval: Pollster.com rolling average of major polling firms
 
Obama favorability: Pollster.com rolling average of major polling firms
 
Right Direction/Wrong Track: Pollster.com rolling average of major polling firms
 
Congressional approval rating: Pollster.com rolling average of major polling firms
 
Initial Weekly Jobless Claims: The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics releases numbers each week for how many unemployment insurance claims have been filed. Fluctuations of less than 50,000 are more or less standard.
 
Newly Foreclosed Properties: The real estate website RealtyTrac posts these numbers monthly. Figures in the 300,000's have been standard during the past year and a half.
 
Unemployment: The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics releases this number monthly. Having stood at 7.6 percent the month after President Obama took office, the unemployment rate hit 10 percent for the first time since 1983 in November 2009. Since then, it has dropped off slightly.