During his 2012 re-election campaign, Obama sold himself as a “good-time Charlie.”

“Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!” was a celebratory slogan tossed around by the Obama-Biden ticket to sell Americans on a comeback narrative following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the economic collapse of 2008 that bookended the George W. Bush administration.

There were all sorts of “shiny, happy” discussions about economic recovery to paper over the disturbing truth — namely that wages were stagnant and job losses never reversed.

The failed $1 trillion stimulus package, the job-killing ObamaCare scheme and the massive tax increases Obama pushed through after winning re-election have contributed to a climate where 36 states have failed to see their unemployment levels drop below pre-recession levels.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The recession is over, but it’s certainly not forgotten across most of the U.S. Unemployment last year remained elevated compared with 2007 levels in more than two-thirds of the states.

The Labor Department reported Friday that average annual jobless rates fell in 2015 from the prior year in 47 states plus the District of Columbia. Unemployment was unchanged in North Dakota and rose slightly in West Virginia and Wyoming. In 2014, unemployment fell in every state and Washington, D.C. for the first time since 1984.

Even so, the average annual unemployment rates in 36 states plus D.C. in 2015 were higher than the average unemployment rate for those states in 2007. The recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009.

Unemployment rates in just 14 states had returned to or fallen below their 2007 averages in 2015: ArkansasIowaKansasKentuckyMaineMichiganMinnesotaMissouri, NebraskaNew Hampshire, North DakotaOhioVermont and Wisconsin.

The job market’s recovery remains incomplete at the national level, too. The U.S. unemployment rate in January was 4.9%, the lowest level since February 2008 — but still up from the recession-eve unemployment rate of 4.7% in November 2007. And to be sure, the unemployment rate doesn’t provide a complete picture of an economy’s health. In some cases, a falling jobless rate can reflect unemployed workers moving away or otherwise leaving the labor force, rather than finding jobs.

But these numbers only tell half the story.

Wages are stagnant — and a record 94 million Americans are not part of the labor force.

This means they were either unemployed or not even attempting to find a new job.

While President Obama claims the unemployment rate is dropping, the number doesn’t count those not seeking employment.

So 36 states having an unemployment rate greater than before the economic collapse might be underselling how poor this economic “recovery” is under Obama’s watch.

But Obama’s game plan was to “never let a crisis go to waste.”

When Obama assumed office, America was in the throes of a recession.

He used the economic collapse to usher in ObamaCare medicine, tax increases and radical left- wing social policies to try and fundamentally transform America into a Socialist state.

And since Socialism fails everywhere it’s tried, the final year of his presidency still shows over 70% of states have yet to reach 2007 levels of employment.