Unemployment Stays at 9.6%

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Nov 05, 2010 11:17 AM
The economy gained jobs last month, but the unemployment rate was stagnant due to the total number of people currently seeking work.

A 9.6% unemployment rate means that nearly one in ten Americans can't get a job. The length of time that this unemployment has been in place means that those unemployed Americans have been out of work for a long, long time.

In total, 151,000 jobs were gained in October, mostly at retailers, temp agencies, and food service. It was the best gain in jobs since April; alltogether, 874,000 jobs have been added this year. But that's nothing compared to the 8 million in jobs lost during 2008 and 2009.