http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdp_glance.htm If you roughly average the last 4 Quarters, its comes in at a annualized rate of -2.5% (rough estimate). How can there be so much carnage.. when I look at public companies Year over year, nobody is down 2.5% or less (ie most companies are down around 10-30%). Unemployment is almost 2x what it was 2 years ago.. but GDP is down only about 2.5% How is this possible, and if its a scam where are the real #s.. and why do we care if GDP is tracking something else. I just don't understand how such small GDP losses can cause this much carnage. This feels like at a minimum 10-15% of the GDP is gone.