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JOBS REPORT

The United States has finally recovered all the jobs lost during the Great Recession

By Nikhil Sonnad
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The US economy added 217,000 jobs in May. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.3%, a five-and-a-half year low.

With last month’s job growth, the US has finally recovered all of the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. (That’s without adjusting for population growth; economists estimate there are about 7 million more working-age Americans today than there were at the previous employment peak in January 2008.)

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Here’s the breakdown of employment status for all Americans age 16 and above:

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Here’s what job creation and loss looked like in various industries last month:

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