Is America any better off than eight years ago?

During the last two weeks, President Trump and former President Obama have painted Individuals two vastly totally different footage of the present state of the nation.

In his farewell deal with, Obama described a resurgent America with a powerful financial system, a vibrant job market, and vastly improved entry to well being care.

In his inaugural deal with, Trump introduced a nation in decline the place folks can not discover work, they aren’t paid sufficient, they can’t afford to see docs, and their inside cities are overrun with “carnage.”

Obama’s presidency noticed a file 75 consecutive months of job development. Between January 2009 and January 2017, a web whole of greater than 11 million jobs have been created.

Whereas the job market has grown persistently because the financial restoration started, so has the share of Individuals ignored of the workforce. The labor participation fee dropped from 65.7 % to 62.7. Wage development has been gradual all through Obama’s time period, nevertheless it did start to tick up in his ultimate months.

Median incomes have risen from $54,797 to $56,516 from 2009 to 2015, however they’re nonetheless decrease than in 2007.

One vital caveat in discussing any information surrounding Obama’s financial file is that he inherited a recession, taking workplace simply months after a significant monetary disaster. Many financial indicators have been cratering in the course of the early interval of his presidency, partly as a consequence of occasions that occurred below the earlier administration.

Within the first quarter of 2009, the gross home product was sinking at a fee of 5.four %. In most quarters since, it has grown, albeit at charges slower than economists would really like. GDP has averaged development of round 2 % over the course of Obama’s presidency, far slower than below President Invoice Clinton however quicker than below George W. Bush.