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Jobs report: What’s the recession look like to you?

Michael S. Williamson’s car, in which he’ll be traveling around the country for the next year photographing the Recession Roadtrip. (By Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

This post has been updated.

As Congress battles over budget cuts and deficit reduction, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest unemployment figures, with 216,000 net jobs, higher than the revised 194,000 gain in February and above the 190,000 in new jobs that analysts had expected. Are these signs of progress?

“The report hardly showed gangbuster job creation, but it confirms an ongoing economic expansion and that employers are adding jobs at a pace that is likely to chip away at the nation’s yawning unemployment problem over time,” The Post’s Neil Irwin wrote.

Despite the improvements, there are still 13.5 million people unemployed in the U.S. We want to know what the employment situation looks like from your perspective.


Help Michael Williamson photograph signs of the recession by telling us what your road to work looks like these days.

Snap a photo of your journey, and tell us how it has changed (or not) in the current economy. Do you carpool when you used to drive? Do you take public transportation? Do you walk, or bike? Is the journey to work simply the walk into your living room? Share your photograph with us on one of these three networks:

Upload your photos to Intersect (via Web or iPhone app) and tag them "Recession Road"

1Tweet your photos @washingtonpost with #RecessionRoad and please include your location (city, state)

1Upload your photos at and please include your location (city, state)

1We'll include your tagged photos in our Recession Road photostream and post some back in here.

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