Chart of the Week: Nonfarm Payrolls % change from recession end

We revisit this chart (shown previously), which starkly presents the evidence of why this recession/recovery cycle is so very different from the preceding business cycles. Present job growth is failing to even outpace population growth. The failure to create jobs at this late date leads to the conclusion that permanent, structural changes have occurred in the economy.

Nonfarm Payrolls (% change from recession end)
Source: Chart of the Day, February 10, 2004

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