Job Creation by Presidential Term





President

Jobs
Created
Jobs
at end
of term
Jobs
at start
of term
Payroll
exp.
(percent)
Jobs
created
per year

Pop.
growth

% change
in pop.
 
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Note: all figures in millions unless otherwise noted
Source: Real Time Economics, The Wall Street Journal
Bush (43)3.0135.5132.52.30.375227.7%
Clinton23.1132.5109.421.12.90025.28.9%
Bush (41)2.5109.4106.92.30.62512.54.8%
Reagan16.0106.990.917.62.00017.37.0%
Carter10.5 90.980.413.12.6009.84.3%
Ford1.880.478.62.30.7455.12.3%
Nixon9.478.669.213.61.70012.35.7%
Johnson11.9 69.257.320.82.30011.35.6%
Kennedy3.657.353.76.71.2008.24.3%
Eisenhower3.553.750.27.00.43823.312.8%
Truman8.450.241.820.11.100N/AN/A

This chart was originally posted in The Wall Street Journal back in January 2009. I'm reposting it here because the GOP has released a second jobs bill, which has received its fair share of criticism.

If you want to see what has worked in the past, look to the Clinton era, with over 23 million jobs created, the highest payroll expansion percentage and the highest number of jobs created per year, for clues to what works.

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