David Kirkpatrick

October 29, 2009

But then again …

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:19 am

Right after this positive post, I hit you with this:

But while there is a growing consensus that the so-called Great Recession ended some point earlier this year, some economists think that one quarter of solid economic growth does not indicate that a Great Recovery has begun.

Unemployment continues to rise and about 30% of factory capacity remains idle. Credit for businesses is still tight and consumer confidence is falling.

It’s also worth remembering that the economy grew as recently as the second quarter of 2008, when rebate checks sent to most taxpayers created a sugar rush of economic activity and a 1.5% rise in GDP.

Of course, that growth wasn’t enough to prevent the meltdown in financial markets last fall that touched off sharp declines over the next three quarters.

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