Coming Apart: After 9/11 transfixed America, the country’s problems were left to rot.
"No national consensus formed around 9/11. Indeed, the decade since has destroyed the very possibility of a common narrative."
The recession is hitting Ohio's former steel towns hard.
As other areas of the country start to revive, the recession's full force is still on display here
. Since January 2008, another 10,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost, according to recent Ohio employment figures. "There were other places that were dirtier, but you didn't get shocked every 15 minutes," Tomlin says with resignation. "This is what people around here without union jobs have to do to survive."
The Decline: The Geography of a Recession
Flash animated map showing county unemployment rates from Jan 2007 until Sept 2009
The economy is abjectly terrible, right? It's so bad that nowadays, a picture is only worth 200 words
. On the other hand, the recession is over in Germany and France
, and in the United States, the unemployment
rate dropped just a smidgen
last month. [more inside]
-- thoroughly cataloging each day's depressing layoff news, from the very small
companies to the very large
, and updated several times a day. (But there's also a small section of the site devoted to news of companies and government org's that are hiring.)
"Hard Numbers: The Economy is Worse than You Know
" [full article for Harper's subscribers, a different abridged version]
discusses how the Consumer Price Index and other US economic statistics have been manipulated over time. Among other things, the article claims, these changes make Social Security checks 70% lower than they would otherwise be. [more inside]