Unemployment Dropped Lower in 4 Months Under Trump Than 4 Years Under Obama


President Donald Trump consistently polls better than former Vice President Joe Biden on the issue of handling the economy, and there is a good reason why.

Under the Trump administration (pre-COVID-19), the country enjoyed its lowest unemployment rate in 50 years and the lowest ever recorded for African-Americans and Hispanic Americans.

Another interesting statistic is that the unemployment rate stood higher at the end of Barack Obama’s first term than it currently stands now, COVID and all.

After Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate would peak at 10 percent in October of that year as the country began to emerge sluggishly from the Great Recession.

At the end of four years, the rate had dropped just 2 percentage points to 8 percent in January 2013.

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It was the slowest economic recovery from a recession since before World War II, a point even CNN conceded in 2016.

The ingredients of the lackluster recovery, which are currently being touted by Obama’s former No. 2, Biden, were raising taxes and regulations on businesses and the “wealthy.”

The Obama/Biden administration also targeted the oil and coal industries, seeking to put the latter completely out of business.

During the final year of Obama’s second term, the economy grew a paltry 1.6 percent.

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After taking office, Trump made four very un-Obama-like moves: He significantly cut government regulations on businesses; he signed tax cuts for businesses and individuals into law; he promoted domestic energy production; and he negotiated new pro-American trade deals.

The first year after the tax cuts were implemented, economic growth shot up to 2.9 percent in 2018. It fell back in 2019 to 2.3 percent, which can be attributed, at least in part, to tough trade stands Trump took against China that led to a deal.

Of course, then came the COVID-19 lockdowns in March of this year.

Unemployment peaked at 14.7 percent in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression.

CNBC reported that the May rate was expected to hit nearly 20 percent, but that never happened. Instead, 2.5 million jobs were added, shocking the experts, and the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent.

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The number of employed then surged by 4.8 million in June.

A record 10.6 million jobs were added from April through August, when the unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent.

It now stands at 7.9 percent after 661,000 jobs were added in September.

In four months, Trump was able to lower the unemployment rate more than Obama did in four years: 13.3 percent in May to 7.9 percent in September versus a high of 10 percent in 2009 to 8 percent in 2013.

That’s what you call a “V” shaped recovery.

The reason is that the fundamentals of the economy were sound, grounded in solid pro-economic growth policies.

It should not be surprising that 56 percent of respondents to a newly released Gallup poll reported being better off now than they were four years ago under Obama/Biden.

That is the highest percentage the polling organization ever registered during a re-election year going back to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

The choice for Americans is clear this election season.

If you want economic growth and jobs, choose Trump over Biden.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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