The Recession of 1960–1961 was a recession in the United States. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research the recession lasted for 10 months, beginning in April 1960 and ending in February 1961. The recession preceded the second-longest economic expansion in U.S. history, from February 1961 until the beginning of the Recession of 1969–70 in December 1969—to date only the 1990s have seen a longer period of growth.[needs update?]
During this recession, the GDP of the United States fell 1.6 percent. Though the recession ended in November 1960, the unemployment rate did not peak for several more months. In May 1961, the rate reached its height for the cycle of 7.1 percent.