Infographics



America Before and After Obama

Here are some measures of how the country has changed during Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency. The figures below are from before Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, and the most recent data that were available.

Before Obama

Now

The economy

850.12

Jan. 16, 2009

2,268.90

Jan. 10, 2017

S&P 500

3.8%

2008 average

1.7%

Annual avg., Nov. 2016

Inflation

12.9 million

Dec. 2008

12.3 million

Dec. 2016

Manufacturing jobs

7.3%

Dec. 2008

4.7%

Dec. 2016

Unemployment rate

642,000

Dec. 2008

426,000

Dec. 2016

Discouraged workers*

$10.6 trillion

Jan. 16, 2009

$20.0 trillion

Jan. 10, 2017

National debt

*Had previously searched for work, but now discouraged and not searching

Health

14,800

2008

33,091

2015

Opioid overdose deaths

15.1%

2009

9.4%

2015

No health insurance

Income and poverty

$52,029

2008

$55,775

2015

Median household income

13.2%

2008

13.5%

2015

Living in poverty

19.0%

2008

19.7%

2015

Children in poverty

Women’s earnings for

every dollar of

men’s earnings

77.1¢

2008

79.6¢

2015

Crime

126

Under George W. Bush

314

Under Obama

Mass shooting deaths

5.4

2008

4.9

2015

Homicides / 100,000 pop.

208,759

2009

192,170

2016

Federal prison pop.

Government

$458.6 billion

Fiscal 2008

$615.8 billion

Fiscal 2016 estimate

Federal deficit

67%

Jan. 21-25, 2009

55%

Jan. 2-8, 2017

Obama approval rating

257

111th (2007-09)

194

115th (2017-19)

Democrats in U.S. House

War

Troops in Iraq

and Afghanistan

411,982

Dec. 31, 2008

17,958

Sept. 30, 2016

352

2008

16

2016

U.S. combat deaths

Deaths by drone strikes

Jan. 20, 2009-Dec. 31, 2015

Combatants

 

Civilians

 

 

2,372 to 2,581

64 to 116

 

Deportations

2,012,539

Bush (2001-08)

2,749,854

Obama (2009-15)

Total removals

Energy

$1.83

Jan. 19, 2009

$2.33

Jan. 9, 2017

Cost of a gallon of gas

3.6 million

2008

2.7 million

2014

Crude-oil imports (barrels)

Climate

33%

2008

20%

2015

Energy from coal

Carbon dioxide emissions

Millions of metric tons

3.6 million

2008

2.7 million

2014

SOURCES: Bloomberg News; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Treasury Dept.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Census Bureau; Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Mother Jones; FBI; Bureau of Prisons; Office of Management and Budget; Gallup Inc.; U.S. House of Representatives; Defense Manpower Data Center; Defense Dept.; Director of National Intelligence; Dept. of Homeland Security; Energy Information Administration

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