What is it that people consider a growth percentage? IOW, I have the following employees.

2001 - 3

2002 - 3

2003 - 5

2006 - 5

2007 - 6

2008 - 8

How do I calculate the business or employee growth percentage between each year and also the total? It seems as though the term "growth" means different things to different people. They are using different formulas. So what is the standard definition of growth percentage and how would one calculate it?