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Unemployment Rates From 1928 To 2016¹

Tax Rates After Presidents Left Office
President Term Began Before After       Left Economy
Donald Trump (R)2 2017 4.7 - -
Barack Obama (D) 2009 & 2013 9.9 4.7 Better
George W. Bush (R)2 2001 & 2005 3.9 9.9 Worse - Great Recession
William J. Clinton (D) 1993 & 1997 6.5 3.9 Better
George Bush (R) 1989 5.3 6.5 Worse
Ronald Reagan (R) 1981 & 1985 7.2 5.3 Better
Jimmy Carter (D) 1977 7.8 7.2 Better - Oil Crisis
Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford (R) 1969 & 1973 3.4 7.8 Worse
Lyndon B. Johnson (D) 1965 5.0 3.4 Better
John F. Kennedy/Lyndon B. Johnson (D) 1961 6.6 5.0 Better
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 1953 & 1957 2.7 6.6 Worse
Harry S. Truman (D) 1949 4.0 2.7 Better
Franklin D. Roosevelt/Harry S. Truman (D) 1933, 37, 41, 453,4 14.6 1.2 Better
Herbert C. Hoover (R) 1929 4.2 23.6 Worse - Great Depression

Tax And Capital Gains Rates

Tax Rates After Presidents Left Office
President Term Began Before After   Capital Grains Left Economy
Donald Trump (R)2 2017 39.6
Barack Obama (D) 2009 & 2013 35 39.6    15 Better
George W. Bush (R)2 2001 & 2005 39.6 35    15 Worse - Great Recession
William J. Clinton (D) 1993 & 1997 31 39.6    28 Better
George Bush (R) 1989 28 31    28 Worse
Ronald Reagan (R) 1981 & 1985 70 28    20 Better
Jimmy Carter (D) 1977 70 70    35 Better - Oil Crisis
Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford (R) 1969 & 1973 70 70    35 Worse
Lyndon B. Johnson (D) 1965 70 70    6.9 Better
John F. Kennedy/Lyndon B. Johnson (D) 1961 91 70    25 Better
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 1953 & 1957 92 91    25 Worse
Harry S. Truman (D) 1949 91 92    25 Better
Franklin D. Roosevelt/Harry S. Truman (D) 1933, 37, 41, 453,4 63 91    25 Better
Herbert C. Hoover (R) 1929 25 63    12.5 Worse - Great Depression
   Footnotes

  1. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (Select year range from drop-down boxes on top of page) https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
  2. Lost majority vote
  3. Source: infoplease http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0104719.html
  4. U.S. actively involved in World War II from December, 1941 to 1945
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