Bureau of Labor Statistics

Gross job gains and losses in the third quarter of 2008

May 20, 2009

Opening and expanding private sector business establishments gained 6.8 million jobs in the third quarter of 2008, a decrease of 436,000 from the previous quarter. Over the quarter, expanding establishments added 5.5 million jobs while opening establishments added 1.3 million jobs.

Three-month private sector gross job gains and losses, seasonally adjusted, September 2007-September 2008
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Gross job losses totaled 7.8 million, an increase of 3,000 from the previous quarter. During the quarter, contracting establishments lost 6.4 million jobs, while closing establishments lost 1.4 million jobs.

The difference between the number of gross jobs gained and the number of gross jobs lost yielded a net change of ‑932,000 jobs in the private sector for third quarter 2008.

Gross job gains represented 6.1 percent of private sector employment, while gross job losses represented 6.9 percent of private sector employment.

These data are from the Business Employment Dynamics program. To learn more, see "Business Employment Dynamics: Third Quarter 2008" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0545.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Gross job gains and losses in the third quarter of 2008 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/may/wk3/art03.htm (visited January 20, 2022).


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