I am not insulting you as a person. You are one of maybe three people here who lean left that I do not have on ignore. I enjoy your commentary. But regarding the true economic status of the country, you have shown yourself to be able to grasp a bit more than the average Joe, but you are frequently surprised when data is pointed out to you that reveals the true nature of the varying statistics you read in the news. That tells me you're not really well-versed in the economy. So if that comes off as insulting, then I'm sorry. But it's truth. Something tells me you're not all that insulted, though. You are correct, a shrinking of government jobs is a good thing. That is, perhaps, the only thing that is positive in this report. But the numbers are still - even as bad as they are - manipulated in a direction to make them look more positive than they actually are. The true numbers are much, much worse. And that is why there can be no recovery until they get better. It all starts here, with jobs. The rest is fluff.