Job Gains: How have Presidents fared?

Jobs-data-palooza continues, with an analysis of the jobs data for each Presidential term, by Global Insight (via WSJ).

Note that most Presidents tend to get too much blame and take too much credit for economic gaisn and losses. That said the WSJ reported that "Bush gained jobs during his first term but in percentage terms, his job
creation record compares poorly to that of almost every previous presidential
term for which comparable data is available, according to research firm Global

Three charts show how the present administration is faring vis-a-vis past Presdients:

Here are 3 different looks, based on monthly and annual Payroll survey, as well as the monthly Household survey:

Annual Payroll data
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Monthly Payroll data
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Monthly Household data
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The payroll survey is a
survey of major nonfarm employers. The household survey polls households
by telephone, and is smaller than the payrolls survey. Monthly payroll data is
available only back to 1939. Annual payroll data before 1940 is on a slightly
different basis than data after 1940. The household data have been "smoothed" to
account for periodic census-related changes in the estimated underlying

Source: Global Insight

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  1. Richard commented on Feb 10

    Based on the above charts, it looks to me that if you want sustained job growth in this country, you better have a Democrat in the White House. Otherwise, you get the opposite. Stagant wages and low unemployment, which can have other adverse effects on the nation, such as higher crime rates, larger gaps between those at the bottom of the economic ladder and those at the top. And a smaller middle-class.

    For all of those 59 million Americans who voted for Bush/Cheney, I hope you’re happy with your choice.

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