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When Do the Bumps Stop and When Does the Road Resume?


The Wall Street Journal updates us on “Recovery Summer, Part Two”:

Companies are laying off employees at a level not seen in nearly a year, hobbling the job market and intensifying fears about the pace of the economic recovery. Cisco Systems Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and troubled bookstore chain Borders Group Inc. are among those that have recently announced hefty cuts, while recent government numbers underscore how companies have shifted toward cutting jobs. The increase in layoffs is a key reason why the U.S. recorded an average of only 21,500 new jobs over the past two months, far below the level needed to bring down unemployment, which now stands at 9.2%.

Bumps in the road! Bumps in the road!

The Romney campaign continues to hammer Obama on the jobs picture, most recently painting a portrait of the recession in New Hampshire:

Tags: Unemployment Rate


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