This graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession, in percentage terms, compared to previous post WWII recessions. Since exceeding the pre-recession peak in May 2014, employment is now 8.6% above the previous peak.
Note: I ended the lines for most previous recessions when employment reached a new peak, although I continued the 2001 recession too on this graph. The downturn at the end of the 2001 recession is the beginning of the 2007 recession. I don’t expect a downturn for employment any time soon (unlike in 2007 when I was forecasting a recession).
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Calculated Risk: Update: “Scariest jobs chart ever”