Per-capita GDP growth by U.S. president from Hoover to Obama

This statistic shows the average annual change in real GDP per capita in the United States from President Hoover to Obama, as of 2011. The biggest economic growth happened during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency. The Real Gross Domestic Product per capita increased by 5.25 percent each year.

Additional information on President Barack Obama’s first term economic policy performance

“It’s the economy, stupid” as the now famous saying by former President Bill Clinton goes is often used to demonstrate the importance continuants place on the economy’s performance. Appointed to President of the United States in 2008, President Obama entered the job in the early stages of a global economic crisis. The unemployment rate in the United States since 1990 demonstrates that Obama oversaw a reduction in unemployment rate since an initially sharp increase to over 9 percent in 2009 and 2010. Prior to the reduction, public approval of President Obama and the Republicans in congress in handling the economy shows that the public’s trust in Obama waned from 61 percent in February 2009 to 42 percent in November 2011. The fluctuation of America’s economy meant that Obama’s first term saw him reach an average of 76 thousand private sector jobs created per month as of June 2012, leaving him sixth in private sector job creation on the list of post-war presidents.
As leader of the most economically influential country on the planet, praise and criticism of Obama’s economic performance is also a global issue. In 2012, opinion on Obama’s management of global economic issues by country demonstrates the variety in opinion held in and across countries. While countries such as Britain and Germany whose economies appeared to be recovering held Obama’s economic policy in a positive light, opinion was more negative in Egypt and Greece were the economic situation was less optimistic.

Average annual change in real GDP per capita in the United States from President Hoover to Obama, as of 2011

Average annual change in GDP per capita
Franklin D. Roosevelt (to 1938)5.25
John F. Kennedy / Lyndon B. Johnson3.93
Bill Clinton2.91
Ronald Reagan2.65
Jimmy Carter2.19
Richard Nixon / Gerald Ford1.81
Dwight D. Eisenhower1.19
George W. Bush1.1
George H.W. Bush0.95
Harry S. Truman-0.35
Barack Obama (to 2011)-0.42
Herbert Hoover-6.88
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Release date

January 2012


United States

Survey time period

1929 to 2011

Supplementary notes

The data are adjusted for inflation and population.

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