"I think the downturn in the economy occurred in the year 2000," Paul
told CNN, adding that there have been no new jobs since then "and yet
we've had a 30 million increase in population."
"Just go out and talk to the people - unemployment rate in the true numbers (is) over 20%, so there's been a depression," Paul said after an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of unemployed Americans at 14 million.