Was there more employment growth in the first four months of the Biden administration than in the first four months of the Reagan and Trump administrations?

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
By Austin Tannenbaum

The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps monthly employment growth statistics dating back to 1939.

Presidents are inaugurated on January 20. Using February as each administration's first full month in office:

  • 263,000 jobs were added in the Reagan administration's first four months in office.
  • 683,000 jobs were added in the Trump administration's first four months in office.
  • 2,158,000 jobs were added in the Biden administration's first four months in office, using preliminary figures for April and May 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout and an easing of pandemic restrictions have allowed jobs lost to the coronavirus pandemic to be partially recovered, sustaining employment growth that began in the middle of 2020.

The U.S. economy has yet to fully recover the more than 22 million jobs lost between March and April of 2020 due to the pandemic but has gained back nearly 15 million.

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