A day after President-elect Barack Obama warned that the recession could "linger for years" unless Congress pumps money into the economy, a government report released Friday underscored the toll the downturn is having on workers and companies.

Question/Comment: I’m confused by the term “real economy.” Lots of people are using it, but no one has explained it that I can find. It’s something different than what Wikipedia defines as not the “virtual economy.” What’s going on?…