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

Fred Dews

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.  






33

Average number of Executive Orders by President Obama per year

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

31%

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.

12

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

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$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.

$5/day

What 85% of Egyptians live on

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

Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.

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