Nonfarm Payroll Employment - Monthly Averages
In advance of Friday's jobs report (and our updated Stat Pack), the following chart looks at the average number of jobs added (or lost) per month. The left side of the chart shows the average monthly figure since 1979, and the right side looks at more recent years: from 2001 to the present.
It's important to see how the recent numbers have moved, in order to put Friday's report in context.
source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - Current Employment Statistics