It's the first of the month - and as usual, that means the monthly jobs numbers were released, both from the BLS and the private firm ADP.
For the month of August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the overall U.S. economy added 96,000 jobs, which was short of the 125,000 expected.
Still - the August jobs number was a positive number, meaning the American economy is continuing to add jobs, including 103,000 jobs to the private sector.
Unfortunately - and not surpisingly - the public sector (government) lost 7000 more jobs, thanks to the austerity policies of modern Republicans.
Overall, as Steve Benen notes, "...the economy has created 1.11 million jobs -- 1.2 million in the private sector -- which isn't even close to being good enough, but the total is already better than five of the eight years of the Bush/Cheney era."
There was also some confusion this week because the private paycheck processing firm ADP - which also keeps track of employment and unemployment figures - released their own jobs report on Thursday. The ADP report said that the private sector of the U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs in August, a significant increase from July's numbers.
While some economic pundits made a big deal about the difference between the BLS and the ADP numbers, the fact is, both the ADP and BLS have a long history of running parallel to one another, with the ADP numbers usually running slightly higher.
Long and short, while America's job growth is still slower than President Obama would like it to be, we are still in the midst of 30 months of sustained private sector growth.
It's long past time for Republicans and conservatives to do what other Americans have been calling them to do for some time - stop bitching, whining, and complaining, and start helping America build jobs even faster.