|President Donald J. Trump - official portrait|
the 45th President of the United States. I will make no secret of the fact that I didn't vote for him in either the primary or general elections. However, he is President and I wish him well.
As a man who campaigned on making America great again, I believe that it's important to establish a few important benchmarks. As time progresses, we can thus measure his performance or lack thereof. Here, therefore, is where America stands as of January 20, 2017.
Let's start with those statistics that revolve around jobs and income. President Donald Trump has his work cut out for him because this is where we start.
- U1 - 1.9
- U2 - 2.3
- U3 - 4.8
- U4 - 5.2
- U5 - 5.9
- U6 - 9.8
Median Household Income: $55,775
Percent of Americans Living in Poverty: 13.5%
The fact that U6 unemployment, which includes those who are only working part-time when they want to work full-time, is at 9.8% is perhaps the biggest area where President Donald Trump has an opportunity to show improvement.
President Donald Trump made a big deal about trade throughout his campaign. He continued to make talk about extensively during the presidential transition. This will be an interesting one to watch.
Balance of Trade
- Trade deficit with China: $28.4 billion
- Trade deficit with Mexico: $5.7 billion
- Total trade deficit: $45.2 billion (up $2.9 billion from last month)