Recession Briefing 6.01

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June 1 2009 10:08 AM

Recession Briefing 6.01

General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today as part of the Obama administration’s plan to shrink the automaker to a sustainable size. ( Associated Press )

Paul Krugman is blaming the recession on the economic policies begun in the early 1980s during the Reagan Administration. ( New York Times )


Hugo Lindgren talks to a wide variety of economic forecasters to try and determine whether the "downturnaround: is real. They didn’t agree on much.( New York Magazine )

Daniel Gross is relieved that the vacation home market has cratered . ( Slate )

Unemployment in the U.S. likely passed 9% in May , which is the most it has been in more than 25 years. ( Bloomberg )

Mortgage delinquencies have increased again , with the number of borrowers at least two months behind on their payments hitting 5.22%. ( Wall Street Journal )

It’s likely that the recession will change Americans’ credit card habits , as spooked consumers cut back on borrowing. ( San Francisco Chronicle )

The recession is taking a toll on Americans’ mental health. Even people in relatively secure positions are feeling stress about their losing their homes and jobs. ( San Francisco Chronicle )

The recession has struck museums and performing-arts groups with a vengeance. Endowments have shrunk everywhere, and sizable budget cuts have been the rule at museums across the country. ( Time )

Flea markets and swap meets in California have been drawing increasingly larger crowds during the recession as consumers try tighten their belts and hunt for bargains. ( Los Angeles Times )



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