Its official, we've closed out two of our tracking categories for the Obama administration: Stock Market (which we calculate as ending for an administration on the first day of their last month) and Unemployment Rate (which we calculate as ending on the last full month of a president's term).
First the stock market. Obama's presidency started with the S&P at 735 and ended with the index at 2,276. The 210% increase over eight years beats the -37% plunge of the Bush administration and the 198% soar of Clinton administration. The net result is the it was the largest percentage increase for any administration over the past quarter century.
Second the unemployment rate. Obama's presidency started with unemployment at 8.3% and ended with unemployment at 4.7%. Coincidentally the decrease in the unemployment rate (-3.6%) is exactly the same as the increase (+3.6%) that occurred during the Bush administration.
It will take a few more months until we can see how the other categories that we track close for the Obama adminsitration. So far, however, a great start. We can only hope that with these two indicators the next four years is as good as the last eight.