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What 3.6 Million Jobs Lost Over 13 Months Looks Like

This chart compares the job loss so far in this recession to job losses in the 1990-1991 recession and the 2001 recession - showing how dramatic and unprecedented the job loss over the last 13 months has been.  Over the last 13 months, our economy has lost a total of 3.6 million jobs - and continuing job losses in the next few months are predicted.  

By comparison, we lost a total of 1.6 million jobs in the 1990-1991 recession, before the economy began turning around and jobs began increasing; and we lost a total of 2.7 million jobs in the 2001 recession, before the economy began turning around and jobs began increasing.
Jobs lost in recent recessions

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