How jobs have returned in recoveries, at a glance

AP News
Posted: Aug 15, 2012 11:55 AM

The Associated Press analyzed nine economic recoveries since the Great Depression that lasted at least three years. By most measures, the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 has been the weakest. It has been by far the worst in replacing the jobs lost during a recession.

That reflects the huge number of jobs lost from the time employment peaked in January 2008 until it hit bottom in February 2010, eight months after the recession officially ended in June 2009.

Here is the percentage of lost jobs that were recovered in the three years and one month after each recession:

1948-1949 293 percent
1953-1954 248 percent
1960-1961 346 percent
1969-1970 731 percent
1973-1975 447 percent
1981-1982 346 percent
1990-1991 327 percent
2001 92 percent
2007-2009 46 percent