The last 11 years have been brutal for anyone looking for a job or seeking a better one. These numbers document why.
In January 2000 America had 130.781 million jobs and had sputtering, weak job growth until December 2007. Then job seeking became a nightmare.
The Great Recession began in December 2007 and became a near depression in September 2008, wiping out 8.8 million jobs by December 2009.
Job losses from October 2008 to April 2009 were extraordinary, with monthly job losses of 500,000 to 750,000 during that time.
Job losses were reduced to zero by January 2010 and job growth resumed. From January 2010 to March 2011, 1.6 million jobs have been created.
Those 1.6 million new jobs mean that as of March 2011, the nation had 130.738 million jobs or 43,000 less than eleven years ago.
Jobs are now being created but the hole is deep, the economy fragile, and high gasoline prices themselves are a considerable threat to job creation.
America needs to rethink job creation and understand that global competition often means a competing national government that is supporting, investing in, or promoting its companies.