GDP PER CAPITA: See What Countries Have Really Suffered (And Gained) Since The Recession

Real GDP per person is a figure far more real to the average citizen than GDP growth per quarter, especially in countries with growing immigrant populations like Canada and the United States.

So, using this figure, The Economist made a chart to show how countries have been recovering since Q4 2007.

If you take a look below, you’ll see that the real GDP per person in the U.S. is still down 4% from pre-recession levels. In China and India, it has jumped 35% and 22% respectively. Of the G7 countries, Germany is the only one that has made it to pre-recession levels.

Now here’s the really painful part.

If you look at the GDP per person growth rate 10 years before the financial crises, and compare it to the growth rate now, the picture looks even gloomier for the West.  In those terms even Germany has yet to catch up, and the U.S. GDP per person has fallen 10% below trend.

Add that U.S. growth shortfall up, and it comes to a cumulative loss of $14 trillion—$13,000 per person.


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