See the economic recovery in 17 charts

June 2014 marks five years since the Great Recession ended. Here's a look at how the economy has improved in some ways, but not in others.

Economic growth

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The economy has been recovering since early 2009, but the rate of growth remains frustratingly slow and choppy. Whereas economists would like to see the economy growing around 4% to 5% a year following a deep downturn, it has grown an average of only 2% a year.

Economists are hopeful that growth will pick up in 2014, but it could still take years until the economy is firing on all cylinders.

- Last updated June 05 2014 07:31 AM ET