Will Americans Even Notice an Improving Economy?

Posted on AllSides January 30th, 2023
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Illustration by Sam Whitney/The New York Times; images by Richard Drury, Hector Roqueta Rivero, and Topuria Design/Getty Images

Imagine that your picture of the U.S. economy came entirely from headlines and cable news chyrons. Would you know that real gross domestic product has risen 6.7 percent under President Biden, that America gained 4.5 million jobs in 2022 and that inflation over the past six months, which was indeed very high last winter, was less than 2 percent at an annual rate?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. Most people don’t read long-form, data-driven essays on the economic outlook. Their sense of the economy is more likely to be shaped...

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