Republicans may insist that an Obama presidency has been disastrous for the U.S. economy, but saying so ignores the very long streak of job growth since the 44th president took office.
In fact, President Obama now holds the record for seeing the most consistent rate of job growth in United States history. MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted the numbers for the job growth rate for every August since 2010.
U.S. Unemployment Rate
Aug 2010: 9.5%
Aug 2011: 9.0%
Aug 2012: 8.1%
Aug 2013: 7.3%
Aug 2014: 6.2%
Aug 2015: 5.1%
Aug 2016: 4.9%
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 2, 2016
As White House Director of Progressive Media and Online Response, Jesse Lee said on Twitter:
— Jesse Lee (@jesseclee44) September 2, 2016
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job creation has been consistently raised under every single Democratic presidency since Harry S. Truman in 1949 and only dips into the negative numbers under Republican presidents. It isn’t because Democrats enjoy the fruits of the policies of their Republican predecessors, either; George H.W. Bush experienced negative numbers of job creation following Ronald Reagan, and both were Republicans.
While President Obama experienced negative job growth during his first year, the job growth rate has consistently grown since then. Comparing President Obama’s record to the last Republican president’s, this has been a marked improvement from the severe bleeding of jobs the country experienced at the end of George W. Bush’s presidency.
Republicans consistently complain that President Obama’s job growth rate has not been as high as Ronald Reagan’s, but they fail to mention that Reagan didn’t begin his presidency amidst an economic crisis during which the unemployment rate hit record highs as a result of his Republican predecessor’s policies.
Their focus on Reagan’s successes also means they aren’t able to say that any Republican president since 1992, when Reagan left office, has a record of remarkable job growth. Democrats, however, can point to every Democratic president since 1992, when Bill Clinton took office, as having excellent records of job creation.
They’ll never admit it, but President Obama is now the number one job growth president in history.
In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama reminded Republicans that they are lying when they insist that the US economy has suffered under his administration. To hear his statements, see video below:
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