Obama and other politicians talk about losing 600k jobs per month. Is that close to what was lost in the depression? Since the workforce is much larger now, we can NOT use the number of jobs lost as we so often hear. In order to accurately compare different time periods, we MUST use percentages. Here a percent chart from Carpe Diem. As you can see, our current recession is exactly like ’81-82. It is not close to the depression.