The Mpls Federal Reserve breaks down the Great Recession, steady recovery out of it [GRAPHICS]

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In the words of one financial policy analyst, the Minneapolis Fed's new breakdown of the Great Recession and our economy's recovery from it might help you skip the election ads and use the facts to make up your mind.

A new comparative analysis of post-World War II recessions by the Minneapolis Fed shows that the 2007-2009 Great Recession was remarkably deep, and the recovery out of it has been steady.

This first graph shows how the unemployment rate recovered after recessions were declared over by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The green line represents the economic recovery after the 2001 recession; blue represents 1981; and red represents the current economic recovery, which officially began in June 2009:
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Mpls Fed

So as far as the pace of employment gains go, this recovery can't compare to 1981, but it has been more dynamic than 2007's.

The second graph illustrates the depth of employment loses from the start of recessions and subsequent gains during recoveries.
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Mpls Fed

The 1981 recovery again stands out, but that recession wasn't nearly as deep as what we recently went through with the Great Recession.

(More breakdown on page two.)

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