THE ‘BIKINI GRAPH’…. It’s heartening to know my first-Friday-of-every-month jobs chart has been noticed. At Rachel Maddow’s office, it’s apparently been dubbed the “bikini chart.” Pay particular attention to what Rachel had to say around the 3:25 mark:

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With any luck, the economy will continue to improve, and the chart will look less and less like a bikini bottom as the year progresses.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.