1. Firings had a one month spike in January 2009 (a month with a high number of firings to begin with) but the series has stayed about where it usually is (maybe 10% higher if you ignore the recent dip). The story of this recession isn’t of people losing their jobs.Quits also dropped quite a lot. More here.
2. Looking at the dramatic decrease in hirings, the story of the recession is that people aren’t finding new jobs.