From the great depression of 1930s to the great recession of 2009, U.S. economy has seen it all and to the maximum extent. When compared, the impact of the great economic depression was worse. However, if considering recovery from recession, the great recession is a possible successor in many terms. It has been five years since the recession and yet, the unemployment rate in U.S as of June 2014 is approximately 6.8 percent, which has declined by mere 3 percent since 2009. The weak growth of U.S. economy is not just visible through this figure, but a lot more is adding to it on a daily basis.
In contrast to the great depression, the recession has made half as much the recovery in GDP as post-depression era, which is only 9 percent since the inception of recovery phase of the economy. Comparatively, after same time period during the great depression, it was as much as 17 percent higher. When looking at the deficit percent, the growth has been only 5% since the beginning of recover.