There are 7.7 million fewer payroll jobs now than before the recession started in December 2007.I always find it helpful to translate into states and cities. So...
Almost 14 million Americans are unemployed.
Of those unemployed, 6.2 million have been unemployed for six months or more.
Another 8.4 million are working part time for economic reasons,
About 4 million more have left the labor force since the start of the recession (we can see this in the dramatic drop in the labor force participation rate),
Of those who have left the labor force, about 1 million are available for work, but are discouraged and have given up.
-- Payrolls have shed the equivalent of Virginia since the recession started in December 2007.
-- The entire populations of Virginia, Colorado, and Rhode Island are unemployed.
-- The entire metro areas of Chicago and Los Angeles have been unemployed for six months or more.
-- The entire metro area of New York City is working part time for economic reasons.
-- The whole of Kentucky has left the labor force since the start of the recession.
-- The workweek population of Washington, D.C., has given up looking for work.
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