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News from EPI A long, slow climb out of the recession

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 29, 2010
Contact: Phoebe Silag or Karen Conner, 202-775-8810

The Commerce Department reported today that gross domestic product (or GDP, the widest measure of economic activity, equal to the final value of goods and services produced in the United States) rose at an annualized rate of 2.0% in the third quarter of 2010, up slightly from a 1.7% annualized increase in the previous quarter.

As of the third quarter of 2010, GDP remains 0.8% lower than it was in the fourth quarter of 2007, the pre-recession peak. On average, the economy 11 quarters after a recession begins is 8.6% larger. While this historically low GDP recovery is largely a function of the severity of the recession, we are now five quarters into recovery, and these five quarters have seen exceptionally slow growth—beating only the performance following the trough of the 2001 recession (among recoveries that lasted five quarters or more).

See the full analysis in today’s GDP PICTURE.

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