Today's unemployment data are a muddle. The two surveys - of individuals and of employers - seem to say very different things. Unemployment dropped - to 9 percent, according to the "household survey." Three cheers. But the "payroll survey" reports…

Nov 30

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Today's Tool$ Tuesday is another look at how the tax cuts might be implemented. This Bush Tax Cut tool comes by way of the Tax Policy Center, a much-appreciated think tank in today's hyper-polarized environment.

Nov 30

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Today's Tool$ Tuesday is another look at how the tax cuts might be implemented. This Bush Tax Cut tool comes by way of the Tax Policy Center, a much-appreciated think tank in today's hyper-polarized environment.

Apr 03

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Unemployment Climbs to 8.5% in March

The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 8.5 percent in March, marking its highest level since 1983, as employers slashed a net total of 663,000 jobs, according to government figures released Friday.