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Jobs needed each month to hold steady and actual monthly job growth, 1969–2011

Note: To "hold steady" means to sustain the same share of working-age people with a job. See figure notes in the table and figure notes section for calculation of the hold steady line. Shaded areas denote recessions.

Source: Authors' analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics and Current Population Survey public data series

Updated May 15, 2012

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