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.