The fact that the US economy is in recovery, even modestly, is something of a miracle given the number of factors working against it. This is absolutely unique in American economic history: a recovery without the housing market expanding substantially; a recovery with state and local government employment shrinking for three years in a row; and a recovery with households owing, on average, well over 100 percent of their after-tax income in debt.
Yet even with all three of these factors dogging us, we have avoided slipping back into recession.
The above excerpt was originally published in Christian Science Monitor.
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