Employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Some recent employment trends from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
* In August 2011, 14.5 million people were self-employed, a decline of 2.1 million from the number of self-employed reported in December 2006.
* In October 2009, women held 49.99% of U.S. jobs. The current percentage of women in the job force is 49.4%.
* As the employment numbers improve, it's noteworthy that the majority of new jobs are being filled by men rather than women. An estimated 1.28 million men found jobs in 2011 compared with 600,000 women.