On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department announced the economy added 277,000 workers in February and that the unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent.
How does the number of jobs added relate to change in the unemployment rate each month? And how does the government come up with these numbers? Here to help sort out the data is Arthur Delaney, who has covered unemployment for The Huffington Post since the beginning of 2009, when the economy was shedding 700,000 jobs a month.
The economy has been recovering -- weakly -- for more than two years. What do today's numbers mean for the recovery, and what do they mean for President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents? Most important, what do they mean for actual unemployed people, underemployed people, and people afraid of losing their jobs?
Earlier, Arthur answered these questions and more during a live video chat. HuffPost Politics reporter Zach Carter moderated the discussion. Watch the video of the Q&A session above.