A year after the pandemic struck, the U.S. economy is still struggling but coming around quickly


Shoppers walk past a “Sale” sign outside a store at the Easton Town Center Mall in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

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Shutting down a $20 trillion economy in full swing seemed a daunting enough task by itself. Restarting that massive machine has proven still tougher.

A year ago, the government brought activity to a near-standstill in hopes of stunting the growth of what then was a largely unknown nemesis, a virus that spawned into a deadly pandemic whose breadth and depth was, at that time, impossible to measure.

All activity deemed nonessential stopped.

No more restaurants or bars. No more concerts or theater. No big crowds – and no small…


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