US officially fell into recession in February amid coronavirus pandemic


THE National Bureau of Economic Research said in a report that the United States officially fell into a recession in February, when the country began to feel the effects of the measures imposed to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported Sputnik news agency.

“The (Business Cycle Dating) committee has determined that a peak in monthly economic activity occurred in the US economy in February 2020,” the report said on Monday. “The peak marks the end of the expansion that began in June 2009 and the beginning of a recession.”

The Bureau said the economic growth in the United States lasted 128 months, which is the longest in the history of US business cycles dating back to 1854.

Earlier on Monday, the World Bank said in a report that the global economy is expected to contract by 5.2 per cent this year for the deepest recession since World War II due to the shutdown measures that followed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The US economy alone is expected to contract by 6.1 per cent in 2020 , 7.9 percentage points below previous forecasts, the report added.