From Bloomberg: new DOL figures show 467,000(!) jobs lost in June. That's 9.5% unemployment, and the consensus seems to be that any recovery in the relatively near future will not see us regain those losses.
According to Bloomberg, since the recession began in December 2007 the economy has lost 6.5 million jobs. That's about the same as the total population of Los Angeles . . . . . . . . times two. We're closing in on having the equivalent of the population of our largest city, New York, out of work. And we're doing it at a scary rate.