Google Trends: recession - Mozilla Firefox

I forget where I read that looking at how often the word “recession” appears in the newspaper is as good a method as any of determining whether we are actually in a recession or not, it might have been the Left Business Observer, but I after seeing the word pop up a few times recently, I thought I’d see what Google Trends showed. The result doesn’t look good.

Note that it is only the occurrence of the word that matters, the context is unimportant – as in the Feb 28th 2007 news story titled “Economists: Recession unlikely” which sparked off a flurry of searches on Google. More recent reports are far less optimistic.