Unemployment rate rises to 9.6%, first increase in four months as economy struggles

Americans received an unwanted Labor Day weekend present as the unemployment rate increased to 9.6%, the government reported Friday.

The small uptick shows the economy is still struggling to fully escape the grip of last year’s recession.

Economist: Economists Don’t Know Why Unemployment Is So High

In a speech yesterday, Christina Romer, departing chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, wasn’t shy about how much economists don’t understand about the nation’s economy.

Illegal Immigrant Unemployment Rate at 10% of Estimated 11.1 Million

As reported on September 1, 2010 by Jeffrey Passel and D’Vera Cohn with the PEW Hispanic Center, according to new estimates by the Center, the annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the United States was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005.

In today’s news update we discuss the March unemployment rate, autism awareness and the top 7 health care fears.

March Unemployment Rate Unchanged

The official U.S. unemployment rate in March remained unchanged at 9.7 percent, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

A total of 162,000 new jobs were created on non-farm payrolls–the biggest one-month jobs gain in the past three years, but still well below what economists were predicting.

World Autism Awareness Day

The cover of The Lakeland Times has gone blue today to mark World Autism Awareness Day, and to usher in April as World Autism Awareness Month.

It’s a reminder to “Light it up blue” this month and put the spotlight on autism and the seriousness of the neurodevelopment disorder.

Top 7 Health Care Fears

The sweeping health care overhaul signed into law his month by President Barack Obama is more than 2,000 pages long and has been dissected by analysts, politicians and pundits. It’s no wonder that some consumers are confused – and perhaps frightened – about how the law might affect them. Some concerns were raised during the congressional debate or have been swirling around the Internet.

Follow above link for top 7 fears.