Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in March

| Fri Apr. 6, 2012 12:14 PM EDT

Here's my usual monthly chart showing net new jobs created in March. Why net? Because the U.S. population increases every month, which means you need a certain number of new jobs just to tread water. This chart subtracts that out to show the true net growth in employment.

Bottom line: the number of net new jobs added in March was about 30,000. That's better than zero, but still pretty crappy. If my previous post about the shadow banking system didn't convince you that the economy is still too weak to be thinking about austerity, this one should.