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Stiglitz Says U.S. Recession ‘Nowhere Near’ End After GDP Jump

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Bob Willis
Sunday, Nov 1st, 2009

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz said the U.S. recession is “nowhere near” an end and the economy’s third-quarter growth rate of 3.5 percent, the first expansion in more than a year, won’t carry into 2010.

While this week’s figures on gross domestic product are “very good,” the numbers would be “miserable” without stimulus measures enacted by the Obama administration, Stiglitz said today at a forum in Shanghai. He urged the U.S. and other countries not to pull back on efforts to shore up economies.

“When we look at if workers can get jobs, if they can work full time, if businesses are able to sell goods they produce, in those terms, we are nowhere near the end of recession” in the U.S., said Stiglitz, 66, the former chief economist at the World Bank. The U.S. job market is still “in very bad shape.”

Federal assistance to the housing and auto industries helped propel growth in the July-September quarter. President Barack Obama, in his weekly radio address to the nation, today called the Oct. 29 report on GDP a “good sign” and said an expanding economy is the first step to job creation.

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