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

"Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has grown by about 5.3 million."

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:

Christy Hardin Smith is a former attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review.
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