In One Chart: U.S. enjoying its longest-lasting streak of jobs growth

The U.S. is currently in the longest consistent job growth streak ever reported. The latest jobs report continued to show growth for the 76th month in a row and cited 227,000 new jobs in January alone. The last reported job loss was in September 2010.

When looking at business cycles and specifically the expansion periods following recessions, the current recovery (beginning June 2009) is now the fourth-longest in recent U.S. history. While other recovery/expansion periods have actually shown a higher percentage of months with growth, this cycle has had the longest streak of months without job loss.

Other recoveries, it should be said, have seen a faster rate of jobs growth; this one is simply the longest of them.

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