US employment -- rate of improvement stuck in the land of snails

2 Nov 2012 by Jim Fickett.

The year-over-year change in jobs continues to be flat, barely above the growth rate of the population:

Improvement in initial claims seem to have stopped, at a higher level than in the previous (very slow) recovery:

In unemployment, the trend remains down, but the level is still high and improvement slow:

(For sources and all the other standard graphs, see the Reference page US employment and its sub-pages.)