Unemployment Rises to 8.5%. . . and Then There's the Bad News

The economy keeps on chug, chug, chugging along at a poky, yet steadily poky, pace.

While President Obama's been breaking up G-20 tiffs, the rest of us are still paying our bills and hoping things get better. Here's a little update on where things may be:

-- The NYTimes does a poignant interview with three folks in Columbia, SC who have lost jobs in this recession, and what they are doing to make ends meet while looking for work.

-- In the "duh" column, the WaPo reports that new polling shows Americans are worried about the recession. Color me shocked.

-- Maybe it has something to do with the fact that unemployment numbers are still rising? According to Dept. of Labor:

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