The Recession Lingers…

…by my definition of a recession:

  • two or more consecutive quarters in which real GDP (annualized) is below real GDP (annualized) for an earlier quarter, during which
  • the annual (year-over-year) change in real GDP is negative in at least one quarter.

Here’s how real GDP has fared from the first quarter of 1947 through the second quarter of 2010 (recessions are denoted by vertical bars):

Derived from “Current dollar and real GDP” spreadsheet published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.

This picture is misleading, of course, because it fails to depict the length and depth of America’s mega-depression, which is now more than a century old and deepening every day.