Brookings Data Now: Obama Averages Fewer Executive Orders than Clinton, Bush (II)

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: governing by executive order; U.S. poverty rate; “opportunity” in Obama’s SOTU; volume of U.S. exports; Egypt’s economic situation.  


Average number of Executive Orders by President Obama per year

Bill Clinton averaged 45 per year, and George W. Bush 36 per year.


Poverty rate (measured by SPM) in 2012 without major government programs

The Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) calculates a 16 percent poverty rate when non-health government programs are counted in income.


Number of times “opportunity” appeared in President Obama’s State of the Union speech

He used the term “inequality” three times. Find out why social mobility “is a key clause of the American social contract.”

$194.9 billion

Volume of U.S. exports, November 2013

This is a record; exports make up 13.2 percent of U.S. economic output.


What 85% of Egyptians live on

Egypt’s economic growth has slowed down while unemployment rises.

Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.