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Bleak economic numbers released

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/29/20, 10:56 am

The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8 percent annual rate last quarter, the Commerce Department estimated on Wednesday. Nearly every economic indicator—including gross domestic product, consumer spending, business investment—has plummeted since the coronavirus pandemic hit. And this quarter’s numbers likely will be worse.

How bad will it get? The Congressional Budget Office estimates economic activity will plunge at a 40 percent annual rate from April through June. It could be the bleakest quarter since government officials started compiling such records in 1947, and four times the size of the worst quarterly contraction on record, set in 1958. Economists are hoping for what they call a V-shaped recovery, with the economy growing quickly once the public health threat subsides.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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