Casstiel says: There is still an ongoing economic recession in the US as evidenced in the economic difficulties that US residents are still currently experiencing.
The NBER defines an economic recession as: "a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real gross domestic product, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.
Economic recession is a business cycle contraction. It is a general slowdown in economic activity. Macroeconomic indicators such as GDP (gross domestic product), investment spending, capacity utilization, household income, business profits, and inflation fall, while bankruptcies and the unemployment rate rise.
Recessions generally occur when there is a widespread drop in spending (an adverse demand shock). This may be triggered by various events, such as a financial crisis, an external trade shock, an adverse supply shock or the bursting of an economic bubble. Governments usually respond to recessions by adopting expansionary macroeconomic policies, such as increasing money supply,increasing government spending and decreasing taxation.
I believe that sooner or later, recession will end up for all of us and everything will come back to normal as it was before years ago when I was still inside the monastery. I hope so.