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A tale of two cities: Washington and Everywhere Else

Unemployment ticks downward as the economy loses a modest number of jobs. Perhaps someone can explain that to me?

Meanwhile, Big Government takes the sting out of the slowdown here in Washington, as Tim Carney writes (includes a brief comic appearance by yours truly). This stands out:

Businesses and other organizations spent $2.8 billion on lobbying the federal government last year — nearly twice the total from 1999. As government gains more control over the economy, a good lobbyist becomes worth that much more.

UPDATE: Thank you, Ramesh (for offering an explanation above). 

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