You won't find this in the San Francisco Chronicle, or the New York (All the news that's fit to print) Times.
Establishment Survey (W-2 payroll employment)Total employment as of December 2000 = 131.878 million
Total employment as of August 2004 = 131.475 million
So, the truth is that 403,000 W-2 jobs have been lost since George Bush took office; not the 900,000, 1 million, or even the 2 million that you see, from time to time, in various liberal and partisan-Democratic circles.
On the other hand:Household Survey (W-2 employment, 1099 contractors, self-employment, etc.)Total employment as of December 2000 = 135.836 million
Total employment as of August 2004 = 139.681 million
Hmm. I don't think the Associated Press, the New York Times, MSNBC, or Reuters, want to run the following headline: "Economy generates nearly 4 million net jobs under George W. Bush." So, therefore, it would appear that the establishment survey is the one with which the liberal media will continue to be preoccupied.