The U.S. hit a milestone Friday, as the government's monthly jobs report showed that in May, the country finally surpassed the number of jobs it had before the recession started. The gain of 217,000 jobs put the total U.S. payroll number at nearly 138.5 million jobs.
But analysts note that the recovery has taken more than six years and has excluded many workers.
Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: Jobs Gain Of 217,000 Reported