The headline economic numbers are far better now than in 2008-2009. The unemployment rate, the GDP, the national deficit, the stock market, etc. have all improved.
Yet many of us can’t shake the feeling that things are still stuck in 2008. Well, you aren’t crazy.
Many areas of the economy have never recovered from the 2008, and some are even worse today.
Does this mean things aren’t better than in 2008? No. But it does mean that most comparisons between this “recovery” and recoveries in the past are flawed. This one is different.