The NBER tried to pull a fast one on America a few weeks back when out of the blue it concluded that the recession ended in June 2009. Alas, Google Trends shows otherwise. The attached chart demonstrates the average use of the terms "food stamps", "I need a job", "unemployment claim" and "government assistance" via google trends. Either Americans are really clueless and are completely unable to get the memo that it is now all clear to spend, spend, spend, or the BLS, as John Lohman has suggested, aka the US version of the Ministry of Truth has infiltrated the corpulent and proud NBER Ph.D.s flagbearers.
h/t John Lohman