Our Sputtering Economy, by the Numbers 

Key stats on where the economy stands.

With increasing signs that the economy is laboring [1], most economists agree that a short-term infusion of spending, or an extension of this year's temporary cut in Social Security taxes, could help fend off a new downturn.

But whatever one thinks of the debt deal

and most of its billions in cuts won't come for a few years [2]there's a near-consensus [3] in Washington against spending increases.

Here's a brief overview of some key stats on where the economy stands.

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