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US economy shrinks at record 32.9 percent pace in second quarter

The US economy suffered its sharpest downturn in nearly 80 years in the second quarter, plunging 32.9 percent. The development highlights how the corona pandemic has ravaged the country's economy, leaving millions of US residents jobless.

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The US economy suffered its sharpest downturn since at least the 1940s in the second quarter, highlighting how the pandemic has ravaged businesses across the country and left millions of Americans out of work.

Gross domestic product shrank 9.5 percent in the second quarter from the first, a drop that equals an annualized pace of 32.9 percent, the Commerce Department’s initial estimate showed on Thursday. That’s the steepest annualized decline in quarterly records dating back to 1947 and compares with analyst estimates for a 34.5 percent contraction. Personal spending, which makes up about two-thirds of GDP, slumped an annualized 34.6 percent, also the most on record.

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