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 The U.S. Economy in Charts

By: Dr. Jan Eberly
2/29/2012

After the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, America’s economy is gradually getting stronger. Despite the lingering effects of the crisis, despite severe cutbacks by state and local governments, despite all the headwinds from global markets, the economy has grown for 10 straight quarters.

Private employers have added 3.7 million jobs over the last 23 months. Businesses are ratcheting up investments and boosting productivity. Exports, from agriculture to manufacturing, are growing. Meanwhile, the cost of the government’s emergency response to the financial crisis is dramatically lower than anyone expected, which is welcome news for taxpayers.

However, we still face very significant economic challenges, particularly for households and families. And we face two interrelated fiscal imperatives: cutting deficits to stabilize the nation’s debt by the middle of the decade and making critical, targeted investments to fuel economic growth.

Earlier this month, in testimony before Congress on the President’s Budget, Secretary Geithner provided an update on the nation’s economic and financial health. Today, we offer you a more in-depth look – in charts – at the data behind many of the key points he discussed and look forward to sharing similar briefings in the future.

Here are just a few examples of what you'll find in the full pdf:




Dr. Jan Eberly is the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy.

Posted in:  Economic Policy, Data and Charts Center
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