Bidenomics after 40 Months: Six Charts the Media Don’t Want You to See

Craig Bannister | June 14, 2024
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Liberal media are declaring Bidenomics a success – but, after three and a half years, hard numbers tell a much different story, regardless of whether the measure is how much Americans are paying, earning or saving.

Gas prices:

While gas prices held steady under Pres. Donald Trump (down four cents a gallon), they’ve surged 54% in the first 40 months of Pres. Joe Biden’s term. From January 2021 to May of 2024, the average price of a gallon of gas (all grades) has increased $1.31, from $2.42 to $3.73, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Gas Prices

Real Wages:

After accounting for inflation, real wages earned by Americans have declined under Biden. In the first quarter of 2021, median weekly real earnings averaged $373. But, by the first quarter of 2024, average real earnings had fallen to $365.

Under Trump, however, real wages rose from $352 on January 1, 2017, to $373 on January 1. 2021.

Real wages are calculated using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) median usual weekly earnings for full-time employees at least 16 years old and are represented in terms of quarterly 1982-84 Consumer Price Index (CPI) seasonally-adjusted dollars.

Real Wages

Mortgage Rates:

It’s also costing far more to finance a home purchase under the Biden Administration.

Mortgage rates today are more than twice the average rate home buyers paid when Trump left office, Freddie Mac data reveal. Under Biden’s predecessor, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell by a third, from 4.09% to 2.77%. But, by June 6, 2024, mortgage rates had more than doubled, to 7.0%.

Mortgage Rates

Savings Rates:

With Americans having to spend more than their earnings increased, their average savings rate has declined under Biden.

From February 1, 2017 to February 1, 2021, the average personal savings rate increased 129%, from 5.6% to 12.8%. But, by April 1, 2024, it had plunged to 3.6% – only a quarter of its pre-Biden level – according to Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRED) calculations, incorporating BLS data.

Savings Rates

Consumer Price Index:

Consumer prices rose 7.8% in the 48 months of the Trump Administration, from a CPI of 243.618 in January 2021 to 262.518 in January 2021.

In contrast, prices have already risen more than twice as much, 19.3%, in just 40 months under Biden. More than three-fourths of the way through his term, the CPI has risen from 262.518 in January of 2021 to 313.225 last month (May 2024), putting it on pace to increase three times as much as it did during Trump's full, four-year term. On a monthly basis, inflation averaged 1.9% under Trump, compared to 5.4% under Biden, thus far.

Persistent Inflation

Consumer Prices