Last updated on: 2/4/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

UPDATED: Statistical Comparison of US Presidential Terms, 1981-2009

UPDATED: Statistical Comparison of US Presidential Terms, 1981-2009 – By the end of Reagan’s eight years in office, inflation had fallen 48%, the unemployment rate improved 30%, and the Dow Jones industrial average increased by 135%. However, the national debt had also increased 188% to $2.9 trillion, capital gains taxes increased 40%, and the size of government increased 5%. Compare before and after stats for Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II in 16 categories including deficit, GDP, inflation, unemployment rates, and poverty rates.