From polipundit.com: Brother, Can Ya Spare a Dime? Heres a statistical comparison that you will not repeat: not see anywhere in the liberal media: May 10, 1997 The prior months initial jobless claims = 1,312,000. Employed workforce = 129.464 million. New jobless claims as a share of the employed workforce = 1.01 percent. On the other hand, theres this: May 7, 2005 The prior months initial jobless claims = 1,296,000. Employed workforce = 141.099 million (as of April 2005). New jobless claims as a share of the employed workforce = 0.92 percent. Yeah, thats right, there are 11.635 million more jobs, right now, when compared to May 1997.