Our economy created more high-paying jobs than it lost in the last 12 months. (Either that, or we imported more high-paying jobs than we exported, which would mean we have a trade surplus in jobs. Presumably, that's great news to Lou Dobbs and John Edwards, so we should be hearing them cheer up any time now, one would think.)
It's creative destruction. The charts below show both aspects of that formula. The first chart summarizes jobs lost and gained, using the average wage rate of jobs lost as a cutoff. (Today's numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were used for both charts.)
The second chart breaks the job categories out into more detail. Note that the categories of retail trade and professional/business services created more higher paying jobs than the ones that were lost in manufacturing and construction.