Just how weak is the economy?

While stocks have rebounded from the Great Recession, other economic numbers -- including Friday's jobs report -- have often been lackluster. Here's a graphic look at the recovery so far.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 5, 2013 10:32AM

With just 88,000 jobs created in March, Friday's jobs data shows a possible slowdown in an already weak employment market. Here's a look at the overall picture.


Apr 5, 2013 1:15PM
Amazing how they can lie about the unemployment rate with a straight face.
Apr 5, 2013 2:36PM
I must be missing something,I have 2 neighbors who lost their homes to foreclosure and other neighbors that are unemployed,I have a brother that lost his job after being with his company 27 years and was making $70,000 a year and now has a job making $28,000 a year,if this is a recovery,I do not think I will live long enough to see a boom!
Apr 5, 2013 1:36PM
Shocked I tell you, just shocked (sarc). These are the goverments numbers. Wait till the real adjusted numbers come out later on. What excuse will be used for this...the economy is racist!
Apr 5, 2013 2:29PM

The economy can't recover when we don't produce anything.This is surely a joke. I fear we are in a free fall on a magnitude we have not even felt a fraction of. We'll eventually bottom out, China will align with N. Korea and deal the fatal blow. Fatalistic, I know! But I have ZERO faith in this administration and it's not because I'm conservative and can't stand liberals...Oh I do! But this guy has got it all wrong.

We should tax the crap out of Chinese products and try to build something in this once great country other than more animosity.

Apr 5, 2013 2:24PM
This economy has not changed at all since early 2008. These liberal idiot democraps think the economy is just doing fine even though the real economy is still in a recession.
Apr 5, 2013 11:23AM
How weak is our economy?  Even at 2% GDP growth (we had 0.5% in Q4), our economy is expanding at less than $30 billion per month, even as Bernanke is injecting $85 billion per month.  What happens when he turns off the faucet?

There is some good news for the markets - the dismal March jobs report guarantees that QE won't end anytime soon.

Apr 5, 2013 2:14PM
90,000,000 people outta work, 88,000 jobs created and that's what's called economic improvement and recovery???!!! hahahahah!!! ahahahhahahaha!!!! oh wait, wait hahahahahaha!!! stop it ya'll killin' me here!! hahahah!!!hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! oh stop!! I can taste my spleen for God's sake!!!! hehehehe!! hahahaha!!!hahahaha!!!! oh you psychopathic libs!! your inanity is just too funny, pathetic of course, but hysterical!!! such blithering idiots, man I don't even want to know what's gonna happen to this ONCE great nation in the next 4yrs, soo tragic, really, very tragic
Apr 5, 2013 2:46PM

Did MSN title this article 'The state of the US RECOVERY?'  What US Recovery???

I don't see no damn RECOVERY.   Unless more people on Food Stamps, Unemployment and Dissability is considered a recovery.  I know, let's fix the economy by making more mortgage loans to people that don't qualify for them. Oh Rats, the libs already thought of that,  for a second time.

Apr 5, 2013 2:26PM
If I was Bush I would be saying do you miss me.
We need a correction in the country, I just hope as it gets worse that it's a controlled situation, not a free fall full of desperate individuals.
Apr 5, 2013 3:29PM
The fact that SO many Americans are on food stamps is the best indicator
of how poorly the job market and our economy is doing.

No matter how MSN tries to spin their lies, a shrinking GDP is NOT an 
indicator of a growing economy !
Apr 5, 2013 3:26PM

More Propaganda from the office of Dr. Goebbels.  Recovery ?  Seriously???   


Quality of life in America is Significantly Diminished over the past 20 years, thanks to the utter fools in Washington.  They should have titled this article:


"Good News!! The pee on your leg is actually RAIN!!"


Their most clever trick in all of this, however, is that of "divide and conquer".  As long as they have the screaming, frantic victims of our public school system believing that this is always about the "Right" vs. the "Left"...  Rather than ALL of Washington just flat-out opposed to Liberty - they have won...  ...and have done more damage to the nation than all the terrorists combined.  Because either way you look at it, they still managed to achieve the same goal - the destruction of America.


I hope what they got in return was worth it.

Apr 5, 2013 1:22PM
Problem is,the economy isn't based on living and fair wages for everyone across the board, it's all about trading and dealing which doesn't involve the majority of us in the real world trying to make a living,pay off credit,borrow money,hope we have a job tomorrow,etc etc etc......"The Economy" is a bunch of talking heads telling me how lucky we are that things aren't as bad as they could be while I wonder why I can't afford a vacation,fill my gas tank and watch normaly polite,happy people snap my head off while I search for the right coupon when I go shopping.......
Apr 5, 2013 3:35PM
yes ,with over  6 million fewer jobs in the work force.. and more people on food stamps than ever before , 89% of the people making less money, should be called >THE GREATEST RECESSION ! !!!
Apr 5, 2013 1:44PM
Looks like the stock market is doing just fine........  But nothing else is...........
Apr 5, 2013 2:52PM
The rest of the recovery...? Hah..hah..hah...now that is a joke if I ever heard one...Hah.Had Hah...!!! Our Propped up economy does not show any signs of recovery. Unemployment is greater now that the crash of 2007-2008.....Food stamps recipients are up 125% since then .....165K in closed manufacturing since Bush and Obumer took over .....Foreclosures on the rise again...most in the last 4 months......Bank Lending at a stand still...again...and again. Bank interest rates at or close to Zero unless you keep 10k in account. Stock bubble creating a false sense of wealth....all a house of cards waiting for the next signal by the banksters to collapse the markets and rape investors again. Pensions are almost bankrupt across the country. Cities are starting to filing for bankruptcy again...STATE Sales tax revenues starting to falter again..... College students can only get minimum paying jobs at $7.50 an hour and student loans are on average 6 months or more behind.....grads are having to move in with parents in record numbers...REAL Inflation is  at 4.5% and Income has not caught up for 102+ straight months now  Credit card debt and savings are both going in opposite very bad directions. The perversion, implosion, collapse  and conversion of America and American values toward the One World Communist Fascist Order is working and going ahead as planned Mr. president.....HA ...HA...Or so you think...! Get READY because the tables are going to turn....just wait and see...!
Apr 5, 2013 11:25AM
Maybe it should say how WEAK are the Global Economies. Japan injecting $1.4 Trillion in stimulus over two years. The Fed injecting over a Trillion a year in so-called stimulus. The Euro-Zone posed to do the same. China, all data come from them is clearly bogus.

So please do tell, just how weak is everything. Yet Corporate Profits are at records and Cash on Hand at all time High. Guess the average Guy/Gal missed the boat.

Apr 5, 2013 1:10PM
Here's why......*graphs charts*   LOL
Apr 5, 2013 2:41PM
I can spin it anyway I want it to be spun. 
Apr 5, 2013 4:02PM
This makes no sense.  We now average 220,000 disability applications a month.  The number of applications accepted is approximately pegged at around 80%.  For every accepted app they are taken off the unemployment roles.  Thus we have seen disability rise from four million four years ago to our present 14,000,000 people on disability.   We are goiong down the tubes faster than these new numbers even show. 
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