Friday, October 2, 2009


The Lehmann Letter ©

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy lost 263,000 jobs in September and that the unemployment rate rose to 9.8%:

Job Growth

(Click on chart to enlarge)

Recessions shaded

You can observe this recession’s brutal impact on employment. You have to go back more than 30 years to find another recession in which monthly job losses exceeded 500,000. At least employment snapped back quickly from those recessions. If this recovery is a slow as the recoveries from the 1991 and 2001 recessions, we can expect serious unemployment through 1910.

(The chart was taken from [Click on Seminars and then Charts.] Go there for additional charts on the economy and a list of Economic Indicators.)

© 2009 Michael B. Lehmann

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