Recessions and depressions

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference to discuss an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington. The Federal Reserve says it will keep buying bonds, Wednesday, June 10, to maintain low borrowing rates and support the U.S. economy in the midst of a recession. And it says nearly all the Fed’s policymakers foresee no rate hike through 2022. .(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
June 16, 2020 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a deep downturn with “significant uncertainty” about the timing and strength of a recovery. He cautioned that the longer the recession lasts, the worse the damage that would be inflicted on the job...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo a woman sitting on a stoop reading a book in the sun is seen reflected by a closed clothing store's window on West Broadway in the SoHo neighborhood of the Manhattan borough in New York. U.S. retail sales likely recovered somewhat in May as the economy increasingly reopened from closures caused by the coronavirus and more shoppers felt confident enough to spend. The Commerce Department is expected to report Tuesday, June 16, 2020 that retail purchases climbed 9% from April to May, according to economists surveyed by the data provider FactSet. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
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June 16, 2020 - 10:16 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales jumped by a record 17.7% from April to May, with spending partially rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months. The government’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales...
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People walk with bags after shopping at the Selfridges department store in London, Monday, June 15, 2020. After three months of being closed under coronavirus restrictions, shops selling fashion, toys and other non-essential goods are being allowed to reopen across England for the first time since the country went into lockdown in March.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
June 16, 2020 - 6:30 am
LONDON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.K. is widely expected to hit levels not seen since the mid-1980s over the coming months as a result of the coronavirus-induced recession. Though the number of people officially labelled as unemployed held steady in April, the first full month after lockdown,...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, June 15, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Monday on concern over a resurgence of coronavirus cases and pessimism after Wall Street posted its worst week in nearly three months. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
June 15, 2020 - 4:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street rallied back from a sharp, early slump on Monday to notch modest gains after the Federal Reserve unveiled its latest push to prop up the economy. The S&P 500 climbed 0.8% in the latest day of big swings for global markets, as a remarkable, weekslong rally shows some...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, The Federal Reserve logo is shown before the start of a scheduled news conference by Chairman Jerome Powell when it ends its latest policy meeting in Washington. The Federal Reserve on Friday, June 12, 2020, promised to use its “full range of tools” to pull the country out of a deep recession caused by a global pandemic, signaling that it would keep interest rates low through 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 12, 2020 - 10:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has promised to use its “full range of tools” to pull the country out of a deep recession caused by a global pandemic, signaling that it would keep interest rates low through 2022. In its semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress, the central bank said...
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Union flags and support messages are seen in the shopping street, Oxford Street, ahead of the reopening of the non-essential businesses on Monday, June 15, as some of the coronavirus lockdown measures are eased, in London, Friday, June 12, 2020. The British economy shrank by a colossal 20.4% in April, the first full month that the country was in its coronavirus lockdown, official figures showed Friday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
June 12, 2020 - 7:48 am
LONDON (AP) — The British economy has seen nearly two decades worth of growth wiped out as a result of the lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. The Office for National Statistics said Friday that the economy shrank by a colossal 20.4% in April, the first full month that...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a special cabinet meeting of the German government about the a stimulus program to booster the German economy after the coronavirus lockdown, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
June 12, 2020 - 5:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Cabinet has approved a temporary cut in value-added tax starting next month in a bid to boost consumer demand in Europe’s biggest economy, a centerpiece of the country’s 130 billion-euro ($148 billion) stimulus package. The finance minister made clear Friday that he doesn't...
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A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and New York Dow index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, June 12, 2020. Asian shares were moderately lower Friday after an overnight rout on Wall Street as investors were spooked by reports of rising coronavirus cases in the U.S. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
June 11, 2020 - 10:18 pm
Asian shares were moderately lower Friday after an overnight rout on Wall Street as investors were spooked by reports of rising coronavirus cases in the U.S. Fear that a so-called “second wave,” is already coming has punctured bubbling optimism that a quick economic recovery was already underway...
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In this photo taken Thursday, June 4, 2020, a pedestrian wearing a mask walks past reader board advertising a job opening for a remodeling company, in Seattle. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May, and 2.5 million jobs were added — a surprisingly positive reading in the midst of a recession that has paralyzed the economy and depressed the job market in the wake of the viral pandemic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
June 11, 2020 - 9:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many Americans are still losing their jobs even as the economy appears to be slowly recovering with more businesses partially reopening. The latest figure from the Labor Department...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
June 10, 2020 - 5:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said he believes the U.S. economy will need more help to pull out of the recession, but added that the next round of support should be more targeted to the hardest hit parts of the economy. Mnuchin, testifying before the Senate Small...
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