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By the Numbers: Two Years

Today's jobs report shows that the economy has added jobs for two full years. Behind each month of job growth are the stories of workers who have found jobs and employers who have started hiring, as well as the story of the people still looking for work and the progress that still needs to be made to restore security for the middle class.

Today’s jobs report shows that private sector employers added 233,000 jobs to their payrolls in February. That means the economy has added jobs for 24 consecutive months—that’s two full years of job growth. More than 3.9 million jobs were added during that time.

These numbers tell the story of our economic recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression. And although we’re steadily moving in the right direction, these numbers also tell the story of how much work still has to be done to restore the middle class security—and the 8 million jobs—that were lost as a result of the financial crisis.

These numbers are your story, too, whether you’ve found a job or are still looking for one. Maybe you’ve hired new employees for your small business or maybe you’re still waiting for business to pick back up—these numbers tell the story of your progress.

So help us add to the narrative by sharing your story. If you’re a business owner who’s been able to hire new employees in the last two years, tell us when you started hiring and what enabled your business to grow. If you’ve been hired in the past two years, tell us what that job means for you and your family.  And if you’re still looking for work, tell us why it’s so important that we do more than just recover from this crisis, and instead build an economy that offers true security for the middle class.

We’ll use these stories to help illustrate the progress of the last two years and the importance of doing everything we can to continue strengthening our economy and creating jobs in the months and years ahead.