Well Carol, here's the definition of recession;NBC - The widespread lingering caution from consumers and employers alike more than three years after the Great Recession officially ended is now one of the biggest hurdles to a more robust recovery.
...If the Great Recession officially ended three years ago, what do we call it now?
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!