The Best Presidents for the Economy

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The Best Presidents for the Economy

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Stock Market Performance This is the inflation-adjusted, dividend adjusted, performance of the S&P 500.

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Corporate Profits Corporate profits were incredibly depressed from the financial crisis in January 2009, when President Obama entered office. That low starting point makes growth through today look massive. If, instead of January 2009, you use January 2008 as a base, average annual corporate profit growth under drops to 6.2%.

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Real GDP Per Capita This measures growth of the entire economy adjusted for the size of the population.

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Unemployment Rate This is the change in the unemployment rate during presidential terms (or through August 2014 for President Obama), measured in percentage points. Unemployment is measured by a yearly average before 1955; after, it is measured on a monthly basis.