The U.S. economy added 217,000 jobs in May, according to a report Friday from the Bureau of Labor. That number on its own might not seem particularly notable as it lined up pretty well with economists’ estimates.
However, the latest report marked a milestone for the economy: there are now more jobs in the country than there were at the peak in early 2008, just before the recession took hold.
There were 138.463 million jobs in the country last month, narrowly topping the 138.365 million jobs in the economy at the peak in January, 2008.
All in all, it took the U.S. economy nearly five years of recovery to return to that level. That marks the longest rebound from any recession since World War II, as you can see in this chart from Calculated Risk.
Source: Mashable | SETH FIEGERMAN