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Recession Index

A numeric summary of our troubled times.


New York City Unemployment Rate
OCTOBER 2007: 5.1%
OCTOBER 2008: 5.7%

Asking Price for Harry and Leona Helmsley’s Greenwich, Connecticut, Mansion, in Millions
FEBRUARY 2008: $125
NOVEMBER 2008: $95

Number of Calls in a Typical Twelve-Hour Shift for a Town Car Driver
JUNE 2008: 6 to 8
OCTOBER 2008: 5 to 6

Average Time Manhattan Condos Spent on the Market Before Selling, Excluding New Construction
Q2 2008: 99 days
Q3 2008: 112 days

Advertising Pages Published in Vanity Fair
2007: 2,264
2008: 1,917

Employees at PaceWildenstein gallery, According to Reports
NOVEMBER 15: 128

Scheduled Wait Time for Subway Trains Between 2 and 5 a.m., in Minutes
2008: 20
2009, PROPOSED: 30

Customers at the Soho Branch of Babeland, the Sex-Toy Emporium
OCTOBER 2007: 4,575
OCTOBER 2008: 5,225

Compiled by Lionel Beehner and Mark Byrne

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