Watch the recession sweep over the U.S. in one gif

The economy is recovering, but it’s nowhere close to fully healed after the worst recession since the Great Depression. In most counties around the country, the unemployment rate remains above pre-recession levels, while wages are stagnant for much, if not most, of the workforce. The Dow Jones Industrial Average may be feeling the recovery, but the average American isn’t.

Want to know why so many Americans still think the country is on the wrong track, and that their children won’t enjoy the quality of life they do? Here’s the state of the economy, in one gif — notice that we still aren’t back to pre-recession levels, even now.

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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