yutsnark asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

How long did it take to recover from the Reagan recession?

And how does it compare to the present recovery?


I'm not getting many actual answers here.

For those who say there was no Reagan Recession, I'm referring to the recession that occurred in the early 80's. You can call it something else if you like.

For those who say I'm too young to remember Carter, alas, you are wrong. I was born during the Truman administration.

16 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    The last time we are in a recession this bad it was under Ronald Reagan and it took from December 1982 for unemployment to improve from 10.8% to 7.2% in November 1984.

  • 1 decade ago

    It lasted from 1981 to 1989, so I would say 8 years, the length of his entire term.

    There wasn't a Reagan recession everywhere in the US, only in some hard-hit areas. I don't remember if any reasons for this were offered by political commentators, but I have my own suspicions as to the cause of such a long recession being entrenched only in certain areas.

    This recession is not only a replay of Reagan's Recession, it is also showing the same pattern: It seems to be severe only in certain areas. Given the Reagan Recession's length and intractability, I would guess that this one will last at least 4 to 5 more years in my area.

    Source(s): I live in Nevada.
  • 1 decade ago

    It took eight years of President Clinton. President GHW Bush started the process. Reagan's "trickle down" turned into "trickle on us" economics. The way that Reagan made it look like there was more employment was to include the amount of people in the military. The amount of people in the military was never included in the employment statistics until Reagan. The other thing Reagan did, was expand government, so that more people could work in the government.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I live in Pittsburgh.

    Tens of thousands of steelworkers lost their jobs within a few months in the early 80s.

    Their unemployment compensation, pensions, health insurance, homes, and cars followed.

    We never fully recovered

  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • 1 decade ago

    Reagan inherited the recession and by following true conservative ideologies, Reagan brought us out. This administration will not cut taxes to kick-start the economy. Printing and spending money WILL NOT WORK. I know that did not answer the question; however, I just wanted to point out that Reagan had it right and what we have now is a joke.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It took until the so-called Clinton surplus that the Democrats believed in.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sure...Jimmy Carter was a dream and did nothing but make us all prosperous. You must not have lived through that.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There was no Reagan recession.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Not long enough to keep him from getting elected again.

  • You mean the JImmy Carter recession

    Obviously you;re too young to remember Carters double digit unemployment, double digit inflation, double digit interest rates

    But dont worry, Obama is working hard to recreate Carter's failures

Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.