Recent Jobs Report in Pictures


Written by Chad Stone, the Chief Economist for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

This month’s very disappointing employment report shows that two years after the technical end of the recession and after 16 straight months of private-sector job creation, the jobs deficit remains huge.  The depth of the job losses from the recession is unprecedented since the Great Depression, and the length of time it will take just to get out of the jobs hole — much less to restore full employment — will dwarf that of the sluggish jobs recovery from the 2001 recession.

Here are some charts to show how the new figures look in historical context. Here is our statement with further analysis.

See our chart book for more charts.


Next page: Payroll employment growth has slowed sharply


Next page: Share of population with a job remains depressed


Next page: Long-term unemployment at record levels


This post was originally published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Photo from Marxchivist via flickr.


Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson5 years ago

Corpserate America is sitting on over a trillion in cash, so after almost 12 years of tax breaks for the rich where are the jobs. Repubathugs and their monkeynomics don't have the common sense God gave a rock. Give us the money and see what happens....

Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

What jobs? 54, great work ethic, degree in Computer Programming, lost job due to downsizing because of economy and it was cheaper to send part of job to Romania, decades of experience in accounting. But can't lift 50 pounds, stand for long periods of time, or speak Spanish. Can't even get an interview...

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

The rich haven't really made a difference in the job market. i thought big business got the tax breaks to create jobs....Does anyone see the new influx of jobs??

Sound Mind
Ronald E5 years ago

Wm. G, are you a blitherin' idiot? Never mind, I know the answer.

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

This is very discouraging to read, to say the least. It's not pretty out there and most people have run out of options entirely. The worst part is many economists and political pundits say this will drag on for quite a while to come.

Well stated Yvette S., It's all very true. The GOP has taken to becoming obstructionists and a roadblock to any type of meaningful progress. They always have been that way, but now moreso than ever because Obama is in office and they also have the constant buzzing of mosquitos in their ears, the mosquitos being the tea-party.

Yvette S.
Past Member 5 years ago

A recession was caused by Bush
A depression was caused by Bush
An attempt to recover was caused by Obama
An attempt to stabilize the recession was caused by Obama
An attempt to ward off the depression was Obama
Thwarting these attempts has been the GOP
Thwarting raising taxes on the wealthiest in this country has been the GOP

If you want to see how they would run the country check out all the states with Republican governors.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

This chart shows the amount of damage George Bush's tax cuts had on our economy and jobs. Facts mean very little to the republicans, but the people know the truth. Tax cuts and less refulations do not create jobs!!!!

Despina V.
Despina Vekris5 years ago

How true William,hope there is light at the end of the tunnel for all of us

William G.
William G5 years ago

I'm sorry for restating the obvious but:

A recession is when your neighbor loses his job.
A depression is when you lose yours,
A recovery is when Barack Obama loses his!

Lets us vote for a recovery next election.

Gary A.
Gary Ansorge5 years ago

Jeffrey W

,,,and how's that trickle down economy working for YOU? Wealthy people have had the lowest tax rates in decades for the last 8 years. How come we LOST jobs during that very same period? The only thing these lower tax rates accomplished was to make the rich a LOT richer, while the rest of us stagnated.