It's NOT. . . HIS. . . FAULT!!!

U.S. economy contracted at fastest quarterly rate on record from April to June as coronavirus walloped workers, businesses

By Rachel Siegel and Andrew Van Dam
July 30, 2020 at 10:01 a.m. EDT

The U.S. economy shrank 9.5 percent from April through June, the largest quarterly decline since the government began publishing data 70 years ago, and the latest, sobering reflection of the pandemicís economic devastation.

The second quarter report on gross domestic product covers some of the economyís worst weeks in living memory, when commercial activity ground to a halt, millions of Americans lost their jobs and the nation went into lockdown. Yet economists say the data should also serve as a cautionary tale for whatís at stake if the recovery slips away, especially as rising coronavirus cases in some states have forced businesses to close once again.

On Thursday, the government also reported that jobless claims increased once again last week to 1.4 million, another sign any recovery is stalling out.

GDP shrank at an annual rate of 32.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the agency that publishes the statistics on quarterly economic activity. While it usually stresses the annualized rate, that figure is less useful this quarter because the economy is unlikely to experience another collapse like it did in the second quarter.

Still, while a tailspin at the second quarter rate is unlikely, the nascent recovery that began appearing earlier this summer appears to be in jeopardy.

On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell warned that the most recent surge in infections has begun to weigh on the economy, while reemphasizing that a recovery canít be sustained unless the virus is under control.
Free Thinker
Where's Wally with his "prog shit".
Free Thinker
With half the countries economy shut down , I personally expected it to grow . sarc.
Like the oil embargo wasn't Carter's fault.

Not really relevant

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