Economists were pleased that the economy created 217,000 jobs in May. That sent US payrolls to a record high. It was the first time since the late-1990s boom that the economy created more than 200,000 jobs a month for four consecutive months.
This despite fact that, as of the last jobs report, the US economy had—finally—”rehired” all the workers fired since the start of the Panic of 2008: “US total employment passed its previous peak of 138.4 million, set in January 2008.” Normal recoveries regain their pre-recession levels after several months to a couple of years.
And it ignores the fact that, based on population growth, we’re still seven million jobs behind where we need to be from simple population growth since just before the Panic.