As Taegan Goddard points out, Harry Reid might have stepped on a political landmine by saying something that is clearly true on the floor of the Senate today. Not so hard to make an attack ad out of this.
Since the start of the recession, payroll employment has fallen 8.4 million, making the 36,000 drop something closer to a leveling out. For more context, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes:
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised from
-150,000 to -109,000, and the change for January was revised from -20,000 to