The US is still in a period of "significant decline in activity across the economy, lasting longer than a few months, visible in industrial production, employment, real income and wholesale-retail trade."<quoted text>
Well Carol, here's the definition of recession;
A significant decline in activity across the economy, lasting longer than a few months. It is visible in industrial production, employment, real income and wholesale-retail trade. The technical indicator of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country's gross domestic product (GDP); although the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) does not necessarily need to see this occur to call a recession.
Since we've had a slow but steady growth in manufacturing, and the housing market with stocks hitting new highs and unemployment at a four year low, we can call this a recovery. It would be a more robust recovery if the GOP went along with The President's proposals for needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades but hell that would make sense!
The federal government has sucked so much money out of the economy that growth is impossible.