So, for a quick, back-of-the-envolope calculation, I went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and checked out the Employment-to-population ratio series.
In September 2008, before the chickens cut their own heads off and started running around, 61.9% of the U.S. population was employed.
In September 2011, 58.3% of the U.S. population was employed.
The difference is 3.6 percentage points.
3.6% of the U.S. population is roughly 11.1 million people.
That is, if employment is to be able to reach the September 2008 ratio to the population, 11.1 million more people would need to find jobs than are currently working.
Ponder that for a minute.