But unemployment rose to 9.7 percent in August, and many forecasters see a slower than usual recovery.
Family finances get healthier as people save more and spend less. But will that help the recovery?
Shoppers' confidence is higher so far this month. Other data deliver a mixed message as to whether the economy has hit bottom yet.
From the rise of the tightwad to the decline of the Sun Belt, American values and industries will be reinvented as the nation comes out of the worst recession since the 1930s.
With biggest job losses since 1974, Obama plans massive public works.
Obama vows action as jobless rate jumps to 6.5 percent.
Both pick mainstream experts, but Obama’s are more interventionist.
Its rate cut of 3/4 of a point is the largest in at least 20 years.