The US economy under Trump: By the numbers

Washington (AFP) – Prior to the coronavirus, the US economy was on strong footing, propelled by low unemployment, bargain basement borrowing rates and healthy consumer spending.Given this backdrop at the start of 2020, US President Donald Trump seemed headed towards a second term in the White House.But the US economy has suffered a brutal blow from Covid-19, forcing businesses nationwide to close their doors, and the damage is apparent in leading economic benchmarks.UnemploymentTrump inherited an economy with already-low unemployment of 4.7 percent when he took office in January 2017, less tha…

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