We are currently at the inter-cycle minimum between Cycle 22 which ended in September, 1996 and the start of Cycle 23.
Update October 2000:
By various measures, we are now at the peak of the sunspot cycle for Cycle 23. Below is a plot of the sunspot counts as of October 30, 2000:
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