The economy lost nearly 8.8 million jobs from when employment peaked in January 2008 until it bottomed in February 2010.
Including the 96,000 jobs added in August, the United States has regained fewer than 4.1 million jobs, or 46 percent of those lost jobs. Which helps explain why this is by far the feeblest recovery since World War II.
— Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer
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