In the past few weeks, the good economic news pouring in has kept newspaper business sections buoyant, but the celebrations may be premature. One of the biggest problems barring a quick comeback for the economy is inadequate aggregate demand—without demand, we can't produce more goods and can't hire more people. The Treasury estimates that the gap between actual and potential output is over 7 percent—that's equal to $1 trillion worth of goods and services. The U.S. has a considerable 12.1 million jobs gap as well, which won't close until 2024 if we keep adding 200,000 new jobs per month, the pace set in December 2011.
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