Half of U.S. Counties Haven’t Recovered From Recession


Ben Leubsdorf
The Wall Street Journal
January 14, 2014

The majority of the businesses that have closed down due to the recession never came back. Credit: janetmck via Flickr

The majority of the businesses that have closed down due to the recession never came back. Credit: janetmck via Flickr


About half of the nation’s 3,069 county economies are still short of their prerecession economic output, reflecting the uneven economic recovery, according to a new report from the National Association of Counties.

The overall U.S. economy had reached its prerecession level of gross domestic product three years ago, Commerce Department figures show.

National statistics “mask the reality on the ground,” where some county economies were in recession long before December 2007 and others never experienced one at all, said Emilia Istrate, the association’s director of research and one of the authors of the report. “That’s where Americans feel the economy. They feel it locally.”

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