Yes, 154,374 people losing their jobs is GREAT news for the economy!<quoted text>
You really should read the ARTICLES and not just the headlines and the pretty picture captions.
"In the first quarter of 2013, the U.S. saw 914 mass layoff events in the private sector, costing 154,374 workers their jobs.
Those might sound like daunting statsóbut this is actually good news on the labor front. Given the depth and duration of the Great Recession, these results are considered a big rebound from previous years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of layoff actions fell 29% from the same three-month period last year, and dropped 56% from the last quarter of 2012 when there were 2,123 mass layoffs in the private sector.
The total number of jobs lost is off 37% from a year ago when it totaled 246,958, and down 64% from 424,492 in the fourth quarter of 2012. These are the lowest first-quarter layoff and job loss levels since 1996."
"As it turns out, more than half the first-quarter layoffs were a function of workers completing a contract or seasonality."
"Manufacturing layoffs and job losses hit their lowest level since BLS started tracking the data in 1995. "
Wow, you people just refuse to get it.
Everything's fine, folks! Don't look over here! Trust me, things are really turning around!