The Associated Press analyzed nine economic recoveries since the Great Depression that have lasted at least three years. By most measures, the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 is the weakest. Gross domestic product, or GDP — the broadest measure of economic output — has never grown so slowly.
Here is how much GDP grew, adjusted for inflation, in the first three years after a recession. For example, GDP in the April-June quarter this year was 6.8 percent higher than in the same quarter of 2009.