Useful Stats: Post-recession GDP recovery by state, 2000-2019

5 Jun 2020

As the world begins to emerge from the “Great Lockdown” and governments increasingly turn their efforts towards reopening economies, many will look to past recessions for lessons on recovery. This edition of Useful Stats examines the rate of real GDP recovery by state following the recessions of 2001 and 2008.

According to their latest projections, the Congressional Budget Office expects that the U.S. economy will not recover from the current recession until after 2021. However, as seen after the recession in 2001 and again after the Great Recession of 2008, states recover at widely different rates. As shown in the map below, nearly every state had fully recovered to pre-recession levels of GDP within one year following the recession from March to November of 2001. Only three states took longer to recover — with Connecticut taking two years, and Delaware and New York both fully recovering after three years.

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