Obama’s First Year in Numbers


Harry Kimball
Newser
January 18, 2010

(NEWSER) – President Obama is about to celebrate—maybe that’s not the right term—one year in office, and the AP takes a look at some numbers that have defined his inaugural turn around the sun.

[efoods]The Dow: Perhaps the only clear victory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen from 7,949.09 on Jan. 20, 2009, to close at 10,609.65 on Friday.

Unemployment: 13 million adults were out of work when Obama took office. That number is now 14.7 million.

Unemployment rate: Also not good. The number has shot up from 7.7% in January 2009 to 10% last month.

National debt: Up from $10.6 trillion at the beginning of Obama’s presidency to $12.3 trillion.

Foreclosures: 274,399 properties received foreclosure-related notices in January 2009, which jumped to 349,519 in December.

Afghan surge: The number of US troops on the ground in Afghanistan is up to 70,000 as of January 12, up from 34,400 in January of last year.

Iraq pullout: The number of US troops on the ground in Iraq has fallen to 111,000 from 139,500 last year.

Travel: Obama has been to 21 foreign countries since he took office, 29 states, taken 10 trips to Camp David, and gone on vacation twice.

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