Anatomy of a soft economy

Aug 18, 2011

It’s been a tough slog coming out of the Great Recession. As for a double dip, consider this: We’ve had only three in 160 years. Here’s a look at how this recovery compares with recessions past.

By Nicolas Rapp and Katie Benner

Reporter associate: Doris Burke

Note: Recovery of GDP growth rates is based on real GDP adjusted for inflation. Employment is seasonally adjusted.

Sources: Bureau of Economic Research; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Bureau of Labor Statistics; The Federal Reserve; Credit Suisse

This article is from the September 5, 2011 issue of Fortune.

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