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Presidential jobs explorer

Explore the jobs creation record of presidents, starting with Harry S Truman.

To examine the record of presidents regarding jobs, I gathered data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor and present it in an interactive visualization.

The data shown in this visualization is all employees working at nonfarm jobs, seasonally adjusted. This is the statistic most commonly used when measuring the growth or contraction of employment.

For each president, data is presented by month, with the first month of each president’s term having number one. Data is shown in several views. For most, you may select a range of months and which presidents appear.

Click here to learn more about this data and access the visualization.

Example from the visualization. Click for larger.
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