Housing investment during recoveries, at a glance

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Posted: Aug 15, 2012 11:29 AM

The Associated Press analyzed nine economic recoveries since the Great Depression that lasted at least three years. By most measures, the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 is the worst. Investment in housing — largely home construction and improvements — has not been this weak since the 1950s. Here is the percentage difference between housing investment during the quarter when a recession ended and the quarter three years later:

1948-1949 +3.6 percent
1953-1954 +3.5 percent
1960-1961 +41.7 percent
1969-1970 +27.7 percent
1973-1975 +62.8 percent
1981-1982 +62.2 percent
1990-1991 +39.0 percent
2001 +27.6 percent
2007-2009 +8 percent