Presidential Economic Metrics Portal


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The portal above tracks economic metrics for American presidential administrations from Gerald Ford (1974-1977) to Donald Trump (2017-present). Open the portal and use the drop-down list to navigate between tracked metrics.

Each line is indexed to the beginning of the respective president's term in office. Thus, these metrics are tracked from that president's time in office to the present day.

The portal is available through the Trends service, which is a public instance of ATSD, the database responsible for the underlying data management and processing tasks used to create the visualization.


The underlying economic data used in this portal is sourced from the St. Louis Branch of the Federal Reserve data library FRED.

Presidential Administrations

President In Office Portrait
Gerald Ford August 9, 1974 - January 20, 1977
Jimmy Carter January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Ronald Reagan January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
George H.W. Bush January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
Bill Clinton January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
George W. Bush January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
Barack Obama January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Donald Trump January 20, 2017 - Present

Economic Metrics

Metric FRED ID Units Description
Consumer Price Index CPIAUCSL Index The Consumer Price Index is a measure of the average monthly change in the price for goods and services paid by urban consumers between any two time periods.
Real Gross National Product GNPC96 Billions of Dollars Gross national product (GNP) is the market value of all the goods and services produced in one year by labor and property supplied by the citizens of a country.
National Income A032RC1A027NBEA Billions of Dollars National income is the monetary value of the final goods and services produced by an economy over a period of time.
Corporate Profits Before Tax A464RC1A027NBEA Billions of Dollars Profit before tax (PBT) is a measure that looks at a company's profits before the company has to pay corporate income tax. It deducts all expenses from revenue including interest expenses and operating expenses except for income tax.
GDP Per Capita A939RC0A052NBEA Dollars The Gross Domestic Product of the United States per individual.
Average Sale Price of Houses ASPUS Dollars The mean sale price of homes in the United States.
Capacity Utilization CAPUTLB50001SQ Percent of Capacity For a given industry, the capacity utilization rate is equal to an output index divided by a capacity index. The Federal Reserve Board capacity indexes attempt to capture the concept of sustainable maximum output-the greatest level of output a plant can maintain within the framework of a realistic work schedule, after factoring in normal downtime and assuming sufficient availability of inputs to operate the capital in place.
Cash Surplus or Deficit CASHBLUSA188A Percent of GDP) Cash surplus or deficit is revenue (including grants) minus expense, minus net acquisition of non-financial assets.

Relative Economic Performance

Each Presidential administration serves as an index baseline for the respective metrics. Thus, comparisons to previous and future Presidents are observable. Of course, the efficacy of a particular administration is gauged by many more metrics than those shown here, such as foreign policy successes and failures, domestic social stability, and the posture of an administration with respect to other branches of government. Nonetheless, American prosperity has traditionally be grounded in economic growth and innovation making the portal an effective tool for inter-administrative comparisons.

This table tracks each metric through the first 100 days of the respective President's administration. Thus, since Gerald Ford took office in 1974, United States capacity utilization declined 0.7%. See the Economic Metrics table above for the units used for each metric.

Creating the Portal

The Presidential Economic Indicators Portal features a number of syntax features enumerated below:

User Defined Functions

Charts applications support user defined functions, which are JavaScript files which comprise particular mathematical functions not available using typical Charts syntax.

This portal uses the fred.js library to modify the index position. This modification transforms data to reflect the selected administration.

  value = fred.Index('raw', '1974')

Inline CSV

The portal contains an inline CSV file to define each of the tracked economic metrics and their associated FRED ID. The CSV is shown here:

csv metrics =
  Consumer Price Index,CPIAUCSL
  Real Gross National Product,A001RO1Q156NBEA
  National income,A032RC1A027NBEA
  Corporate Profits Before Tax,A464RC1A027NBEA
  GDP per Capita,A939RC0A052NBEA
  Average Sale Price of Houses,ASPUS
  Capacity Utilization,CAPUTLB50001SQ
  Cash Surplus or Deficit(% GDP),CASHBLUSA188A

This CSV list is used to by [dropdown] level settings to populate the drop-down list of available metrics

  change-field = metric

  for option in metrics
      text = @{}
      value = @{}

The setting also features a for statement, which is a control structure that iterates over the CSV array to read each name and id. The name field is added to the drop-down list and the id is passed to the metric setting to refactor the visualization.

Action Items

  • To begin work within the Trends environment, refer to the Getting Started Tutorial.
  • For more information about ATSD, or to deploy a local instance, see ATSD Documentation.
  • For complete Charts syntax, refer to the Charts Documentation.
  • To access raw datasets, append the FRED ID of any metric to the URL or use the links in the Economic Metrics table above.
  • To view all metrics stored in the Trends environment, refer to the Reference Catalog.