From December of 07 thru December of ’08 we lost an average of 250 to 350 thousand jobs each month.
A total of about 3.6 million jobs.
From President Obama’s election in November of ‘08through the end of ’09 we lost another 4 million jobs are about 310 thousand a month.
Beginning in June ’10 job growth started to pick up, going positive and producing about 2.2 million jobs the next 15 months, an average of 150 thousand jobs a month.
Through June of ’11 until February of ’12 we gained about 1.5 million jobs or 178 thousand a month.
Every month we have a150 thousand people enter the job work force, through attaining the right age, re-entering after raising children or illness, and so on. So that’s the benchmark that has to be hit to have positive job growth and a lower unemployment rate.