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 The U.S. Economy in Charts

"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." - Dr. Jan Eberly, Treasury Notes (2/29/2012)

Download the full packet of charts on the U.S. economy here: The U.S. Economy in Charts

(click on an image for a full size, downloadable version)

1 Economic Growth I 2 Economic Growth II

3 Economic Growth III

​4 Challenges Remain, More Work Ahead

5 The Inherited Crisis​

​6 The Recovery Act

​7 The Financial Rescue

8 The Auto Industry​

9 Causes of Deficits Since 2001

10 The President's Budget​

11 The Size of Government, 1983 and 2010

12 Discretionary Spending

13 Drivers of Long-Term Deficits​



Last Updated: 4/13/2012 5:20 PM