Economic growth during recoveries, at a glance

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Posted: Aug 15, 2012 11:22 AM

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.

1948-1949 +25.4 percent
1953-1954 +12.4 percent
1960-1961 +18.4 percent
1969-1970 +16.4 percent
1973-1975 +14.1 percent
1981-1982 +18.5 percent
1990-1991 +9.8 percent
2001 +9.0 percent
2007-2009 +6.8 percent