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"They", in this case the National Bureau of Economic Research, has determined that we have been in a recession for one year, since December of 2007. They are professionals, so they should know.
"We", in this case, normal humans, have been aware of this for a while.
It's reminiscent of the old expression "The Titanic was built by professionals (Microsoft). The Ark was built by amateurs (Linux)".