MBA Chart of the Week May 3, 2021: Relative GDP Levels

The pace of economic growth, as measured by gross domestic product in the first quarter, picked up to a 6.4 percent annualized rate – the biggest first-quarter increase since 1984.

1Q GDP Report Shows Accelerating Economy

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 6.4 percent in the first quarter—the fastest such pace in more than 36 years—according to the first (advance) estimate released yesterday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.