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Employment Recovery Remains Sluggish

Created on November 29, 2011

Employment Recovery Remains Sluggish

Employment Recovery Remains Sluggish

1980

Percentage Change in Private-Sector Payroll Employment

RECESSION

Months Since Start of Recession

Private-sector payroll employment today is 5.2 percent lower than it was before the recession began 46 months ago. That places the current economic recovery far below all other recessions since the 1960s.

Chart 1 •  WM 3422

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1970

1981–1982

1973

1960–1961

1990–1991

2001

2008–2009

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Current Employment Statistics,” at http://www.bls.gov/ces/ (November 22, 2011).