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March 2009, Vol. 132, No. 3
Substantial job losses in 2008: weakness broadens and deepens across industries
Laura A. Kelter
Supervisory Eeconomist, National Estimates Branch, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment losses in 2008 accelerated by year’s end as continued weakness in construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services spread into consumer-driven industries.
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