Labor Day by the numbers

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*TOTAL JOBS LOST DURING THE RECESSION: 6.9 MILLION
*UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 9.7%
*STATES WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT JULY, 2009: 16; LAST HAPPENED: 1983
*INCREASE IN AVERAGE U.S. WORKER’S PRODUCTIVITY, 2000-07: 19.2%
*EXPECTED NEW SPENDING FROM THE NEW $7.25 MINIMUM WAGE: $5.5 BILLION
*AMERICANS UNINSURED IN 2007: 45 MILLION
*PEOPLE OF RETIREMENT AGE WITH A 401(K) BALANCE UNDER $40,000 IN 2007: 50%
*WORKPLACES WITH NO CONTRACT THREE YEARS AFTER ELECTION IS WON: 25%
*ANNUALIZED RATE OF ECONOMIC CONTRACTION, 2nd QUARTER, 2009: 1%

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