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Recession Index

A numeric summary of our troubled times.


Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication filled at city pharmacies in September and October
2007: 302,160
2008: 317,268

Morgan Stanley’s annual profit, in billions
2007: $3.14
2008: $1.59

Average annual pay for a Goldman Sachs employee
2007: $661,490
2008: $363,654

Bankruptcy filings in the New York metro area in the quarter ending September 30
2007: 11,712
2008: 15,957

Permits issued for new residential buildings in Brooklyn
October 2004: 210
October 2008: 26

Income to the MTA from a tax on real-estate transactions, in millions
December 2007: $103
December 2008: $37

State “obesity tax” on sugary soft drinks
2008: 0
2009, proposed: 18%

Attendees at El Museo del Barrio’s free Coquito Tasting Contest, featuring Puerto Rican eggnog
2007: 60
2008: 700

Compiled by Lionel Beehner and Mark Byrne

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