Recession Officially Over, U.S. Incomes Kept Falling Between June 2009, when the recession officially ended, and June 2011, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 6.7 percent, to $49,909, according to a study by two former Census Bureau officials. During the recession â from December 2007 to June 2009 â household income fell 3.2 percent. Ok what the hell happened? Possible reasons: a) teachers unions b) Frodo took too long to get rid of that ring c) gay marriage d) people don't own an american flag lapel pin e) people forgot 9/11 f) the sequels to the Matrix were so disappointing it affected the american psyche (explains why income dragged during Generalissimo Bush's reign of teh dumb) g) the prequels to Star Wars were so disappointing it affected the american psyche (explains why income dragged during Generalissimo Bush's reign of teh dumb) h) we still have butter called I can't believe it's not butter i) kenyan socialists This country is so messed up that the press calls a guy a job creator even though his state's unemployment rate increases. Harrumph!