"Nothing but awful" is the way Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics summed up reports that:http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2010-08-19-unemployment-claims_N.htm
•The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000 — highest since mid-November. Economists had expected first-time claims to come in at 480,000. . . .
•The Philadelphia Fed's broadest index of manufacturing activity in the Mid-Atlantic region plunged from +5.1 in July to -7.7 in August, signaling that factory output is shrinking. . . .
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 144 points to close at 10,271.
Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, puts the odds of a double-dip recession at 15% to 20% — a risk that's "really not acceptable."
This is completely unacceptable. The incumbents - - regardless of party - - deserve to lose.