US Manufacturing activity, which up until now has lead the economic "recovery" such as it was, just barely stayed on the positive side by a razor thin margin for June.
The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity fell to 50.9 from 55.3 in June.
Economists had expected a reading of 54.9. A reading below 50 indicates contraction in manufacturing.
The latest economic news follows a Gallup poll released that 29 per cent of those questioned thought the economy was in a' depression' and 26 per cent said that the original recession had continued into 2011.
Hold on tight, folks.