If you're trying to peddle FUD I'd understand why you'd use Nancy Pelosi's office as a source for econ analysis data. Not that its a lie, just very selective in its comparisons...the better to sell their massive debt plan. As you remember things were much worse in the early 80's. I refer to the Carpe Deim blog (among others) for better context analyses of this kind of data...ie; http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2009/02/jobless-claims-as-percent-of-payrolls.htmlOh yeah, check out some of the cool twitter use animations he links to too :)Cheers!
Here is another good link to this info presented in a broader light...http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2009/02/job-losses.htmlI find the consistantly symetric nature of the dips facinating