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US Government has been a significant drag on growth for more than a year now – NYT

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The chart here offers one of the better recent snapshots of the American economy that you will find.

The blue line shows the rate at which the government — federal, state and local — has been growing or shrinking. The red line shows the same for the private sector.

Quarterly change at seasonally adjusted annual rate.

economix.blogs.nytimes.com

Source: economix.blogs.nytimes.com

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, via Haver Analytics

 

The brief version of the story is that the government, which helped mitigate the recession, has been a significant drag on growth for more than a year now.

nytimes.com

Source: nytimes.com

Read More @ The Role of Austerity – NYTimes.com.

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