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  • Displays ten long-term charts.
  • Charts depict various aspects of the economic situation.
  • Briefly comments upon the significance of these charts.

Please note this post is the latest update to a series of articles, the last being on October 16, 2013.

I find the following charts to be disturbing. These charts would be disturbing at any point in the economic cycle; that they (on average) depict such a tenuous situation now - 58 months after the official (as per the September 20, 2010 NBER BCDC announcement) June 2009 end of the recession - is especially notable.

These charts raise a lot of questions. As well, they highlight the "atypical" nature of our economic situation from a long-term historical perspective.

All of these charts (except one, as noted) are from the Federal Reserve, and represent the most recently updated data.

The following eight charts are from the St. Louis Federal Reserve:

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Housing starts (last updated 3-18-14):

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The Federal Deficit (last updated 3-14-14):

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Federal Net Outlays (last updated 3-14-14):

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State & Local Personal Income Tax Receipts (Percentage Change from Year Ago)(last updated 3-27-14):

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Total Loans and Leases of Commercial Banks (Percentage Change from Year Ago)(last updated 4-11-14):

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Bank Credit - All Commercial Banks (Percentage Change from Year Ago)(last updated 4-11-14):

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M1 Money Multiplier (last updated 4-10-14):

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Median Duration of Unemployment (last updated 4-4-14):

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This next chart is from the blog post of April 4, 2014, titled "March Employment Report: 192,000 Jobs, 6.7% Unemployment Rate" and it shows (in red) the relative length and depth of this downturn and subsequent recovery from an employment perspective:

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This last chart is of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI, and its 3-month moving average CFNAI-MA3), and it depicts broad-based economic activity (last updated 3-24-14):

I will continue to update these charts on an intermittent basis, as they deserve close monitoring.

Source: 10 Scary Charts: April 16, 2014 Update