The double-nothings (the decade from 2000 to 2009) were the worst for job creation in half a century. From the 60s to the 90s, the economy created an average of about 2.5 million jobs per year. In the decade from 2000 to 2009, the economy actually lost an average of 100,000 jobs per year.
It seems to me that the central economic question is whether the last decade was an anomaly, an aberration for an economy still generally able to create jobs or ... if the last decade was a culmination in a downward spiral, further proof that our economy is sputtering on its way to stagnation.
If we just look at the raw numbers by decade, you can see that job creation was fairly stable until last decade.
But these numbers are not adjusted for the fact that we have a larger labor force than ever. In the 1960s, we had half as many people working (or looking for work) as we do now. Scaling the above numbers to adjust for this (assuming that 1.7 million jobs in the 60s is equivalent to 3.4 million in today's economy, for instance), gives the graph a different shape.
Personally, I think that we're facing some hybrid of these two stories, but tend to favor the first story more. That is, I think that we'll continue to feel downward pressure on wages but I do think that the last decade was an anomaly in terms of job creation; I suspect that by the end of 2012, unemployment will be under 7.5% and during the next year we'll create 2 to 3 million new jobs. In other words, we'll create as many jobs next year as we did - on average - in past decades. And given what a terrible decade the double-nothings were, this "average" will seem spectacular.