For all of 2007, the percent of the adult population that had a job was 63.0% (the recession started in December of 2007). Here are the percentages since 2007
The percentage was at least 60 for every year from 1985-2008. It was at least 62% every year from 1994-2008. So far this year, the average monthly percentage has been 58.58%. So compared to recent history, we have a long way to go. And 2013 probably won't be any better than 2012.