Biden’s first year in office: Notable numbers reveal successes and setbacks

WASHINGTON – According to some charges, President Joe Biden could claim a banner in his first year in office. But the numbers also reveal plenty of setbacks.

Most of them in the United States have had COVID-19 vaccines, but other countries have fared better. Economic growth soared. So did inflation. America pulled out of Afghanistan, but the war ended with a chaotic evacuation and suicide bombing that killed 13 American soldiers. Aid bills were passed to tackle epidemics and infrastructure. Expensive legislation to advance Biden’s social and climate proposals has shrunk and then stalled.

Some notable numbers from Biden’s first year:

Vaccination rate 63.5%. Most Americans were stabbed. Countries with the highest vaccination rates: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

3.9% unemployment rate. One of the highlights of Biden’s first year is the low unemployment rate. He inherited an economy wracked by the coronavirus with an unemployment rate of 6.4%. Employers added 6.4 million jobs last year as unemployment fell to well below the 4.6% that the Congressional Budget Office projected in July by the end of 2021.

7% inflation. Running a hot economy, Biden got burned as inflation reached its highest level in nearly 40 years. The price hike led to a rejection of Biden’s economic leadership. Gasoline and groceries cost more, and some prominent economists said the higher prices were a sign that Biden’s relief package was too big.

1 trillion dollars. The cost of Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, which includes $550 billion in new spending. To get an agreement, Biden backed off the $2.3 trillion he had initially proposed. He separately proposed $1.8 trillion for a combination of social and climate initiatives, but that was amended and he was unable to liquidate the Senate. So Biden got a quarter of the $4 trillion he proposed.

13 deaths. The number of American soldiers who were killed in a suicide bombing at the gate of Kabul airport during the United States’ evacuation of more than 124,000 people from Afghanistan. At least 169 Afghans were killed, and the evacuations left scores of Americans and tens of thousands of Afghan allies behind. More than 2,460 US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan during the two-decade war.

1.78 million border crossings in the southwest. Immigrants began streaming across the US-Mexico border as soon as Biden became president. There were 1.78 million encounters with border agents during its first full 10 months, a fourfold increase compared to President Donald Trump’s last 10 months in office.

20 natural disasters. There have been 20 extreme climate disasters that each caused more than $1 billion in damage and killed a combined 688 people. These factors included droughts, floods, 11 severe storms, four tropical cyclones, wildfires, and a winter storm. Adjusted for inflation, the United States has averaged 7.4 disasters per year since 1980 that have caused losses estimated at $1 billion or more.

24 states. Biden visited nearly half of the 50 US states during his first year. Excluding stops at his homes in Delaware, the main destinations were Pennsylvania (seven times) and Michigan (five times). Both were major states in his 2020 election victory. Jill Biden went to 35 states.

41 federal judges. Biden had 41 confirmed judges before the court during his first year in office, more than any of his new predecessors at the same time in their presidency. Of those, 80% are women, and 53% are people of color, according to the White House.

103 days. It took an average of 103 days for Biden candidates who needed Senate confirmation. That’s longer than average for candidates in the first years of the previous six administrations and about three times longer than it was during Ronald Reagan’s first year in office, according to an analysis by the Partnership for Public Service of the Presidential Transition.

10 press conferences. Biden was noticeably shy of the press. He held 10 press conferences (seven singles and three combined) and 22 media interviews during his first year. That’s fewer press conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors in the same period of their presidency, and fewer media interviews than any of his new predecessors.

32 “Not a Joke” Signs. It’s one of Biden’s favorite lines of speech. Among the things he said was “no joke”: civil rights icons, labor unions that built the middle class, air pollution from Delaware chemical plants, climate change as a national security threat, California voters, Biden’s ignoring of opinion polls on his economic agenda. seriously.

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