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 national politics and Congress for The Washington Post. He is the author of Read In, The Post’s morning tip sheet on politics.

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