PROGRESS is designed to show the real effects of the steps President Obama and Democrats have taken to rebuild our economy. Behind these numbers are stories about people whose lives and communities have been positively affected by the change Democrats have made.

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The Challenges We Inherited

Under the Bush administration, America's economy and fiscal situation suffered:

  • National unemployment rate skyrocketed from 5.8 percent in 2002 to 9.3 percent in 2009.
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • The national debt doubled to $11.8 trillion from $5.7 trillion
    Source: Office of Management and Budget
  • The deficit exploded to $1.4 trillion from a $128 billion surplus;
    Source: Office of Management and Budget