Bikini Graph time! Recovery remains broadly on track: 175,000 jobs added in May, best since February


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It’s time to bring back the Bikini Graph! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration:

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What th--? The blue bars still are still pointing UP. Imagine that.

Via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog, where there’s more:

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, slightly better than expected, though the overall unemployment rate inched higher to 7.6%. (Update: Remember that these minor increases aren't always bad news, and occasionally, they're sign of an improving jobs landscape.) As is usually the case, there was a gap between the two major sectors -- America's private sector added 178,000 jobs last month, while spending cuts caused the public sector lose 3,000 jobs [...]

Federal hiring declined by 45,000 over the last three months, suggesting that Congress' sequestration budget cuts are doing what they were intended to do -- hurting the economy.) [...]

All told, job creation in May was the best we've seen since February and marks the 39th consecutive month of job growth. For the first five months of the calendar year, the economy has added 946,000 jobs overall, and 972,000 in the private sector.

Again, the GOP has reveled in slashing “government workers” as if they are something less than, as if their jobs aren’t really jobs at all, as if there is something inherently inferior about what they do to get by. Busting unions and privatizing America is the goal of those on the right.