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One depressing chart about the recovering labor market

The August payrolls figure came in far behind expectations, as the Labor Department reported Friday. That's a discouraging downturn, but FiveThirtyEight's Ben Casselman points to an upsetting longer-term trend.

Keep in mind that this isn't just people who are quitting the labor force because they had jobs and decided to retire; this is people who left the labor force after already being jobless. Reversing this trend would be a clear sign that the job market is on the mend.

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