Total U.S. employment is nearly at it’s pre-recession level. Right at the beginning of the recession total non-farm U.S. employment, which includes about 80% of all workers, was a little over 138,000,000. Right now total non-farm U.S. employment is a little under 138,000,000.
Generally, non-farm employment is subject to fluctuations such as seasonal changes in weather, major holidays, and the opening and closing of schools. However, at the current rate of growth, U.S. employment can be expected to reach pre-recession levels by mid summer.
For more see:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Establishment Survey.” BLS Handbook of Methods; last date modified July 10, 2013; http://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/.