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February 2012

BLS Spotlight on Statistics: The Recession of 2007–2009

Chart Data

Employment Fell More Rapidly Than During Prior Recessions

Payroll employment index, 47 months after start of recession, six most recent recessions
Month Recession period
Nov 1973–Mar 1975 Jan 1980–Jul 1980 Jul 1981–Nov 1982 Jul 1990–Mar 1991 Mar 2001–Nov 2001 Dec 2007–Jun 2009

0 (1)

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

1

100.2 100.1 100.0 99.8 99.8 100.0

2

100.3 100.2 99.9 99.7 99.8 100.0

3

100.4 100.1 99.8 99.6 99.7 99.9

4

100.5 99.6 99.5 99.5 99.6 99.7

5

100.6 99.2 99.2 99.4 99.4 99.6

6

100.8 98.9 98.9 99.3 99.3 99.5

7

100.9 99.2 98.9 99.0 99.0 99.3

8

100.9 99.3 98.7 98.9 98.8 99.1

9

100.9 99.7 98.4 98.7 98.7 98.8

10

100.9 99.9 98.4 98.6 98.6 98.4

11

100.9 100.1 98.1 98.6 98.4 97.9

12

100.4 100.3 97.7 98.6 98.4 97.4

13

99.7 100.3 97.6 98.6 98.4 96.8

14

99.2 100.4 97.4 98.6 98.4 96.3

15

98.7 100.5 97.1 98.7 98.4 95.7

16

98.4 100.5 96.9 98.6 98.3 95.2

17

98.1 100.8 96.9 98.6 98.3 94.9

18

98.3 100.9 97.1 98.7 98.3 94.6

19

98.2 100.8 97.1 98.6 98.4 94.3

20

98.5 100.7 97.3 98.7 98.4 94.2

21

99.0 100.6 97.6 98.8 98.2 94.0

22

99.1 100.4 97.9 98.9 98.3 93.9

23

99.5 100.1 98.3 99.0 98.2 93.8

24

99.7 99.7 98.7 99.0 98.0 93.7

25

100.1 99.7 98.4 99.2 98.0 93.7

26

100.8 99.6 99.6 99.2 98.0 93.7

27

101.2 99.3 99.9 99.4 98.0 93.8

28

101.5 99.2 100.3 99.5 98.0 94.0

29

101.8 99.0 100.7 99.7 98.0 94.4

30

101.8 98.6 101.2 100.0 98.1 94.2

31

101.9 98.4 101.7 100.2 98.2 94.2

32

102.1 98.2 102.0 100.1 98.2 94.2

33

102.3 97.9 102.4 100.4 98.3 94.1

34

102.5 97.8 102.7 100.6 98.4 94.3

35

102.6 97.7 103.1 100.8 98.5 94.4

36

103.0 98.0 103.5 101.1 98.7 94.5

37

103.3 97.9 103.7 101.2 98.9 94.5

38

103.6 98.1 104.1 101.4 99.1 94.7

39

104.0 98.4 104.4 101.7 99.2 94.9

40

104.5 98.7 104.8 101.9 99.2 95.1

41

104.9 99.1 104.9 102.2 99.3 95.1

42

105.4 99.6 105.2 102.5 99.4 95.2

43

105.9 99.2 105.3 102.6 99.7 95.2

44

106.3 100.5 105.7 103.1 99.8 95.3

45

106.6 100.8 105.9 103.4 99.9 95.4

46

107.2 101.2 106.2 103.7 100.0 95.5

47

107.6 101.6 106.4 104.0 100.1 95.6

Footnotes:
(1) Month 0 is the month the recession started. Employment level equals 100 at start of each recession.

Source: Current Population Survey | Chart

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