Recession of 1960–1961

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US unemployment rate, 1952–1972

The recession of 1960–1962 was a recession in the United States. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the recession lasted for 10 months, beginning in April 1960 and ending in February 1961. The recession preceded the third-longest economic expansion in U.S. history, from February 1961 until the beginning of the recession of 1969–1970 in December 1968.[1]

The Federal Reserve had started to tighten monetary policy in 1958 and eased off in 1961.[2]

During this recession, the GDP of the United States fell 1.4 percentage points. Though the recession ended in November 1960, the unemployment rate did not peak for several more months. In May 1961, the rate reached its height for the cycle of 7.1 percent.[3]

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  1. ^ "US Business Cycle Expansions and Contractions". NBER. Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  2. ^ Labonte, Marc (2002-01-10). "The Current Economic Recession" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  3. ^ Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on September 19, 2009

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