Obama's economy in 17 charts

When the president entered office in 2009, the economy was issue No. 1. It still is today. Here's a look at how the economy has improved in some ways, but not others.

Food stamps

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Food stamp rolls surged amid the recession, and as of 2013, 48 million Americans were receiving the benefits -- the highest number on record.

The average recipient gets $133 a month from the program, but some of those benefits are now on the chopping block in Congress.

Charts by CNNMoney's Dana Lipnickas and Dominic Aratari
- Last updated January 28 2014 07:06 AM ET