For those hoping that the economy is merely going through a Ã¢â‚¬Å“soft patchÃ¢â‚¬Â right now, the weight of evidence suggests something more serious. Two years after the Great Recession ended, the economic expansion has slowed to an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011 versus 3.1 percent in the final quarter of 2010. Why is the rebound so tepid? Here are three key indicators, which historically help boost recoveries, but stand in the way this time:
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
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