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Your Take: Is The Recession Over?

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Recession BusterEarlier this week, Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, said the recession was “very likely over” but that the unemployment rate would likely still go up. There’s a lot of talk about a “jobless” recovery, that is a recovery in which new jobs aren’t created, with the unemployment rate not falling back to the normal 5% for at least another four years. Bernanke specifically said that the recession was likely over from a technical perspective, which is to say that we’ll probably still feel like a recession even if we don’t have two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.

So I wanted to know from you – do you think the recession is over? It’s one thing to look at “statistics” and declare victory, it’s another to look people in the eye and tell them that the recession is over.

Personally, I think that you can throw technical out the window because regular people don’t really care. Until people stop being afraid they’ll lose their jobs because of the economy, the recession isn’t going to be over. There have been a lot of positive things about this recession – Americans are repaying debt and saving more, frugality has made a resurgence, and there’s been a greater emphasis on emergency funds.

So… is the recession over?

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62 Responses to “Your Take: Is The Recession Over?”

  1. Pete says:

    Hell no it’s not over. Who do they think thier fooling.

  2. CheapNLazy says:

    We don’t care – WE JUST NEED JOBS!
    My husband has been unemployed for 18 mo, and I worked/laid off 5 mo temp job during same time.

  3. wendy says:

    No way!! Look for things to worsen late 2009-into 2010.

    Recession’s been over for the last year-we’ve been in a depression for the last 10 months or more.

  4. Mr.C says:

    What has changed from a year ago.We are simply in the eye of the storm

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