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Letters, Aug. 10

Trump’s economy

Using your search engine — e.g., Google — to find “us civilian unemployment rate,” you will see the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ graph of civilian unemployment rates for the past 20 years.

When Obama/Biden took office in January 2009, the total unemployment rate was 7.8%, peaking to 10% that October — all because of the 2008 Great Recession. Their focused leadership resulted in a steady decline to 4.7% when Trump took office in January, 2017. That drop of 5.3% averages at 0.73% per year.

In Trump’s first three years, it dropped from 4.7% to 3.5%, an average drop of only around 0.4% per year. (This June it was 11.1%)

As far as the unemployment rate is concerned, Trump’s economic accomplishments — widely bragged about by him — were much less successful than Obama/Biden’s.

If the economy’s unemployment rate concerns you, then vote for Biden the doer, not Trump the braggart!

Roy Sutton

Ashland

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