Job losses are worse than they’re telling you.

Does everyone have a blog? You might get that impression, simply from the numbers of them around, numbers which grow by the millions every month. How is a rational,

seriously interested person to find the good stuff among all the crap that inevitably winds up getting posted?

Not easy.

So. Because you have a life full of obligations and challenges, and I’m sort of free to ramble around the Internet for a couple hours most days, I’ll start pointing you to some of the more useful or interesting (or maybe goofy) of the blogs I come across.

First on the list, because it’s the one I was looking at when the idea struck me, is one from the office of the Speaker of the House or Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. The entry from Friday (Feb 6) looks at unemployment. The picture is not pretty.

Edging -- or plunging -- toward a recession.
Edging -- or plunging -- toward a recession.

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.

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