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The Great Recession: The Gift That Keeps On Giving Grief

It's early in the day but you may as well pour yourself a tall glass of something because the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its August Regional and State Unemployment figures.

Basically, not all that much changed last month.

27 states saw unemployment go up, while 13 states saw unemployment go down. Unemployment stayed the same in 10 states and the District of Columbia. The unemployment rate is still 9.6%. Or 30.5%, depending on which figures you prefer.

This recession is starting to remind me more and more of the chain-smoking distant relatives who came to visit us for a few days when I was a kid but ended up overstaying their welcome for weeks until Mom got so fed up she told Dad they had to go. Unfortunately, the house smelled like cigarettes, even though my cigarette-hating mom asked them to start smoking outside the house. I have a feeling this recession is sort of like these distant relatives: Overstaying their welcome until someone finally works up the courage to lay down the law. Then once they've gone, dealing with a residual smell that no amount of Cheer, Lysol and Glade is able to contain, no matter how many times the pillows and carpets get washed. A faint, nasty smell just lingers and lingers and reminds you of these relatives and their bad habits every day. Mom complained about their visit for years afterward. Yeah, this recession is kind of like that.

Here's the full rundown. Enjoy.


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