Today's employment report provides mixed signals on the jobs market. The survey of employers shows they added jobs at a solid pace in April. Yet the jobs deficit created by the recession remains very large and, even more discouraging, the survey of households shows that unemployment is still high and too many people remain on the sidelines rather than returning to the labor force believing they can find work.
Below are some charts to show how the new figures look in historical context; here is our statement with analysis.
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