Graphic: Economy Adds Only 54,000 Jobs in May

One economist calls the May jobs report “depressing”

By SHARE

After several months of promising gains, the economy hit a setback in May, adding far fewer jobs than economists expected. The unemployment rate crept up to 9.1 percent.

[Read our full story on May’s jobs report.]

Here’s how those numbers play into the employment trend of the last few years:

Jobs Graph May 2011

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Unemployment Graph May 2011