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Do you think we are already in a recession?

  1. jackclee lm profile image81
    jackclee lmposted 17 months ago

    Do you think we are already in a recession?

    Some data seems to indicate we are already in a recession in 2016. What do you think?


  2. lions44 profile image98
    lions44posted 17 months ago

    Not in the traditional sense, Jack.  The numbers are not there. But what's happening is that the economy is growing, but not overall real employment. That's permanent. So we are in a workers' recession.

    While there will be an uptick for seasonal hiring (Amazon is on a hiring craze out here right now), companies can now get cheap labor in all professions.  They are much more efficient in all areas.  Employees have become like inventory...keep it low.

    We have a glut of labor and it will take years to thin out. That 55 year old machinist who lost his job is probably not getting back at the same hourly rate. Just a fact of life now.  Purchasing power has been affected, but you never hear it reported in that way.

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      What about recent indicators that tax revenues are down all around various cities and States...? also, the price of oil is down near $45 per barrel... Remember recession usually shows up months later when they revised the GDP after the fact.

    2. lions44 profile image98
      lions44posted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Jack, you are correct. I guess I'm saying is that the definition of recession has changed. And this alludes to what Tamara stated. The metrics are there, but economists have raised the bar.

  3. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 17 months ago

    Yes, because in the United States, real unemployment is 1/6 of the population, not the official 5%. They changed the definition to exclude people who gave up looking and not counting those who worked one four hour shift a week.

  4. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 17 months ago


    Economists measure a recession as being two consecutive quarters of negative GDP. To my knowledge no economist would could consider the key performance indicators of today to be anything close to a recession.
    The stock market is at record highs, unemployment is 4.9%, interest rates are still low for home buyers, gas prices are at or near $2 per gallon around the country, foreclosures are not on the rise....However...."Perception is reality"
    If someone doesn't {feel} good about the economy especially where they are. It doesn't matter to them what the "traditional KPIs" used to measure our economy state. I personally know people who have not lost their jobs and even have gotten raises, own new car/home and take vacations every year who still say the economy is in the toilet!
    Whenever people don't feel positive about the future it effects their present. Having lived through several recessions to where we are today I'd say this is no comparison to those times.
    What I think is happening is the nation is going through a major transitional change. Just as we went from agricultural age to the industrial age. We're in the midst of yet another major shift.
    The uncertainty about the future and the longing for a known past where a high school grad could get a job at the steel mill making good money and have a job for life are forever gone.
    Oddly enough the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were a record 5.9 million unfilled job openings in America as of the end of July. Business owners can’t find the "skilled workers" qualified to fill the jobs they have available.
    The number of job openings for {professional and business services and for health and education services have reached new highs} in recent years. The number of job openings in manufacturing and construction, by contrast, remain below their levels of a decade ago. This lends more support for the idea that openings are going unfilled because workers don’t have the right skills.
    Factory work has evolved over the past 15 years or so as companies have invested in {advanced machinery requiring new skill sets}. Many workers who were laid off in recent decades – as technology, globalization and recession {wiped out lower-skilled jobs} – don’t have the skills to do today’s jobs.
    Lower skilled mfg. jobs are being outsourced to other countries with lower pay scales to increase profits and keep product prices down.
    The fed raises interest rates when inflation rises in order to slow down an overheated economy! The interest rates are low because inflation is low. People are saving more money these days maybe due to fear of job loss.

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      You make some good points but you are missing the real story. The economy is broken and the stats do not reflect current reality. The stock market is artificially propped up by a near zero interest rate. The unemployment rate is more like 12% - U6.

    2. dashingscorpio profile image86
      dashingscorpioposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Jack what I'm saying is the measurements we've always used in the past do not indicate that we are in a recession!
      Suddenly we throw out those and come up with different ways of measuring...etc
      When (inflation is low) so are interest rates!

    3. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, it is time for a new economics model-
      http://hubpages.com/education/A-New-Eco … tric-Model
      Also, interest rate is near zero because of artificial control by the Fed. reserve. Even with low inflation, the interest rate should be higher.

    4. dashingscorpio profile image86
      dashingscorpioposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Traditionally the feds only raise interest rates when inflation is high or there is a ton of spending by consumers. Higher interest rates discourage borrowing and encourage saving. If people (spend any less now) we'd fall back into a recession!

  5. Ken Burgess profile image90
    Ken Burgessposted 17 months ago

    No we are in a "recovery" bubble.

    What is a "recovery" bubble you ask?

    It is when an artificial economic stability combined with near ideal conditions create an economy that appears to be doing ok, but is in reality, just waiting for conditions to change for the bottom to fall out.

    What is creating the current stability?  The 0% interest the FedRes is sustaining until after the election, the depressed gas/oil prices, the government jobs created/supported by an unsustainable budget based on Trillions added to the national debt yearly. Etc. Etc.

    When the Fed decides to hike up interest rates, and gas prices start going back up, and the government cuts back a couple hundred thousand jobs then the real economic stagnation will settle in.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image86
      dashingscorpioposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      The feds won't raise interest rates unless inflation rises, personal spending increases dramatically from an overheated economy. Interest rates are raised to encourage saving! As of now people are saving and spending less.
      Higher rates hurt us.