The economy added 175,000 jobs last month, according to last week's report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For those who prefer numbers over narrative, I made a few charts detailing the country's jobs situation.
Here's the monthly gain/loss of jobs since the last recession began in late 2007:
There are several different ways the government measures unemployment. Here are the big ones:
Here's employment growth since 2000 by education level:
Here's the change in employment since the recession started, broken out by private and government sectors:
Men were hit harder by the recession than women. That gap is now narrowing:
And from the blog Calculated Risk, what was once called "the scariest jobs chart in the world" is getting much less scary:
For more on the economy:
- Why I'm an optimist.
- The most important numbers of the next half-century.
- The biggest retirement myth ever told.