".. . . so that the net number of jobs created in the first month of the year was a negative 21,000 jobs."
Per my simple minded self, it would seem that the NET number of jobs gained or lost is the most important of numbers. Yet I rarely see that reported. Why is that?
If 200,000 jobs are created, but 300,000 jobs were lost...........well, we're not doing so well. If 300,000 jobs were created and 200,000 lost there would be a net gain, and that's a good thing.
I admit to being only a lame researcher, but I can't find a source that reports NET gain or loss.