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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Why is the Recovery so Agonizingly Slow?

New column:

Why is the Recovery so Agonizingly Slow?, by Mark Thoma: Friday’s employment report underscored just how slow the recovery from the Great Recession has been. When the recession officially ended in June of 2009 the unemployment rate stood at 9.5 percent, and it peaked at 10 percent a few months later.  In the four and a half years that have passed since, the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.7 percent. That is still quite a bit above the full employment level, and the fall in unemployment over that time period has been driven in large part by people leaving the labor force rather than the creation of new jobs. When these discouraged workers are taken into account, the labor market is in poor shape even after more than four years of “recovery”.
Why has the recovery been so slow? ...

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