Annual GDP growth for the United States 1930-2020

This graphic shows the annual real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates of the United States in every year since 1930. The data begins after the Great Depression of 1929, and covers five major wars and several economic recessions. The years surrounding World War II show the greatest fluctuations, before growth rates become more consistent from the 1950s onwards where they range from -2.5 percent to 7.2 percent.
Figures for the first quarter of 2020 show a decrease to -4.8 percent, due to the impact of the Coronavirus. These are the lowest figures for any individual quarter since it fell to -8.4 percent in quarter four of 2008, during the Great Recession, although the overall GDP for the entire year fell by just -0.1 percent.

Annual growth of real GDP in the United States of America from 1930 to 2020*

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Release date

June 2019


United States

Survey time period

1930 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Real GDP - all figures have been adjusted for inflation

*As of May 04, 2020.

**Figures are for Q1 only.

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