While folks are bemoaning the current economic crisis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been reporting information for some 10 years that show it hasn't been good for at least 10 years!
In short, jobs in the private sector have been decreasing since shortly after the start of the Bush administration. All this "private enterprise" and "ownership society" crap, and jobs were declining constantly in the private sector. The only saving grace was that "THE ENEMY", government was hiring. But every right winger I know will tell me that the voodoo economics they espouse builds wealth and creates jobs.
WASF, and deserve it!