The NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee maintains a chronology of the U. A recession is a period between a peak and a trough, and an expansion is a period between a trough and a peak. The chronology comprises alternating dates of peaks and troughs in economic activity. The “Real Housewives of New York City” star has been getting cozy around town with CNBC’s “The Profit” star Marcus Lemonis.
Rather, a recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.
For more information, see the latest announcement from the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee, dated 9/20/10.
The most recent example of such a judgment that was less than obvious was in 1980-1982, when the Committee determined that the contraction that began in 1981 was not a continuation of the one that began in 1980, but rather a separate full recession.
The Committee does not have a fixed definition of economic activity.
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