The Economy: Unemployment's New Face

Though more people are working than in any previous winter, unemployment has reached a critical 20-year high. Saying that, the Labor Department last week released a starburst of statistics that shed new light on the economy's darkest problem. With 7.7% of the nation's 70 million workers listed as jobless, unemployment is becoming more chronic, more widespread. Items: More than half of the nation's major industrial areas qualify as "depressed." Last week the Labor Department added 25 new urban centers to its list of areas where unemployment is a longstanding problem and 6%...

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