Obama's First Year in Numbers

The Dow is up more than 2,600 points, at least

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2010 12:10 PM CST

(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.

  • 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.
For more stats, click here.

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign stop for Democratic senate candidate Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign stop for Democratic senate candidate Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.   (AP Photo)
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