Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., March 14
Job Gains Shockingly Low. Double-Dip?
The nation gained only 18,000 jobs in June, and May gains were revised down from 54,000 to 25,000, the federal government announced today. Economists had expected 125,000 jobs in June — a stunning commentary on the economy's weakness or possibly on economists' incompetence. The unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June, up from 9.1% in May, hitting the highest level since December. Once again, there is talk of a possible double-dip, or the economy going into, or nearing, another recession. In early trading, the stock market is down.
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