Social media users rip Fox graphic on economy under Trump, Obama

Social media users rip Fox graphic on economy under Trump, Obama
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Fox News posted a series of graphics Saturday on Twitter comparing the economic records after the first 100 days of the past four presidents, but social media users quickly pointed out missing context about each president's time in office.

The first graphic highlighted the unemployment rate after 100 days in office for the past four presidents. President Trump was shown as having the second-lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, compared to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGovernment's misguided holiday to celebrate itself Virginia can be better than this Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket MORE at 9.0 percent.

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Obama came into office during the recession in 2009, beginning his term with an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in January 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent in October 2009 and began to fall shortly after, hitting 4.8 percent when Obama left office in January 2017.

Fox also tweeted a graphic comparing jobs added during the first two months of the presidencies.

Trump has been criticized for exaggerating the number of jobs created during the first months of his administration. A page on the White House website celebrated the adding of over 500,000 jobs under Trump, but a CNN Money analysis found that that number included jobs created during January, when Trump was only in the White House for 11 days. 

Another graphic showed the growth in GDP during the first three months of the past four presidencies. 

The U.S. economy grew at a 0.7 percent rate during the first three months of 2017, the weakest growth in three years.

Trump routinely criticized economic growth under Obama on the campaign trail, saying his plans for trade deals and reform to taxes and healthcare would push growth into the 4 percent range.

Social media were quick to slam Fox News for the graphics: