Heidi Shierholz, an economist for the labor-oriented Economic Policy Institute, suggests "it will take about 10 years" to get back to pre-recession unemployment levels. "This isn't good news."
Forecasters say the economy must grow by 4 to 5 percent a year and add around 350,000 jobs a month — compared to 146,000 last month — to bring the jobless rate down to 6 percent before the 2016 elections.
And much of the recent improvement reflects a drop in the number of adults looking for work — not new jobs.
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