Trader Warren Meyers works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Stocks opened higher after the government reported a burst of hiring last month that sent the unemployment rate to a four-year low. But both the White House and congressional Republicans reacted to the news in less than celebratory fashion.
The economy officially slipped into recession in December 2007 and officially came out in mid-2009. Here's a look at the number of jobs from January 2007 through August of this year.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
A woman walks by a "Help Wanted" sign taped to the window of a restaurant in San Francisco. Some employers are refusing to consider hiring anyone who doesn't already have a job, leading to increased scrutiny by the EEOC.
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Job seekers line up at a job fair in SeaTac, Wash. The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering hopes that companies will hire more this year.