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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nutting: Unemployment still rising

by Calculated Risk on 3/26/2009 04:14:00 PM

Rex Nutting writes at MarketWatch: Unemployment still rising

The raw numbers, not seasonally adjusted, [show] 6.4 million collecting state unemployment benefits, and an additional 1.4 million who were collecting the federal benefits that go to people who've been fruitlessly looking for a job for more than six months.

The claims numbers don't show the whole story.

About 4 million more people are officially unemployed but not eligible for jobless benefits. In addition, 8.6 million can find only part-time work and another 2 million have given up looking for work. Nearly 15% of the workforce is unemployed, underemployed, or just plain discouraged.
The employment situation is grim, and even if GDP turns slightly positive later this year, the unemployment rate will probably rise all this year and into 2010.