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January 9th, 2009
08:33 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Jobs Wanted

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

2.6 million people lost their jobs in 2008, the most since 1945, and it could get worse.

New data from the U.S. Labor Department shows that more than 11 million Americans are now unemployed. The cuts are in various fields. Here are some of the staggering numbers:

Job Cuts
Nov. to Dec. 2008

Manufacturing: 149,000
Professional & Business Services: 113,000
Construction: 101,000
Retail: 67,000
Source: U.S. Labor Dept.

Tonight on AC360°, personal finance expert Suze Orman will join Anderson to answer your questions about the job losses and what it means for you and your family. Click HERE to submit your question for Suze.

Let's give you a glimmer of hope. We don't want to start off your weekend on such a grim note. The good news: there are several industries that are seeking workers. Late last year 45,000 jobs were added in health care and education, and the government added 7,000 jobs. If you're a nurse or want to work for the FBI check out the help wanted ads.

Tonight we're also following developments on the crisis in Gaza. Remember all that talk last night about the U.N. resolution calling for a cease-fire? Ahh. It's being ignored.

Hamas rejected the resolution, the Paris, France newspaper Le Figaro reported.

Israel also said it was disregarding the U.N. vote. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the firing of Hamas rockets into southern Israel today "proves the U.N. resolution is not practical."

More than 30 Hamas rockets were fired into Israel today.

And, Israel hit more than 70 targets in Gaza. They included 20 "terror operatives", rocket launching sites, two weapons smuggling tunnels and other areas.

Medical sources say 22 Palestinians were killed today. There are no new reports of Israelis being killed.

Since Israel's incursion into Gaza began two weeks ago, at least 792 Palestinians have been killed and 13 Israelis, including 10 soldiers have died.

14 days and more than 800 lives lost.

We'll have these stories and more tonight starting at 10pm E.T. Hope you will join us.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. javier

    I like answer ,why did the goverment never even try to bailout the american people losing there homes.We are the working ant
    solders,feeding the Queen goverment,what do they get stupid
    check to pay the goverment back..........

    January 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  2. Ed Dean

    I am tired about hearing bailouts for everyone. I hear the major news saying it was 700 billion for wall street (I thought it was 1.4 trillion) we already gave 700 billion before and now the auto makers are getting a bailout -Why ? They made money on their own mistakes not us. Now I hear another bail out is coming .. for who this time,(the airlines)? The average person is not getting any bailout,I have seen two people close to me loose their homes. I am worried that any more companies that get bailed out are just giving money to pay themselves out. It is not fair to bailout someone when they are only worried about themselves. Stop bailing everyone out period !

    January 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  3. jennifer&jason

    we need more jobs in america in order to re-construct bridges the correct way.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  4. leslie freudenheim

    Bailout Mainstreet Too
    Economists keep calling for the most efficient bailout, and for helping Mainstreet; if they mean it then why do they endorse bailouts for bankrupt businesses, corrupt banks, and the fat cats on Wall Street? It’s much more efficient and would be much more popular to bailout mainstreet–we the tax-paying voters. It’s our money after all. Give each taxpayer a credit card with a value of, say, $100,000. Force us to spend it (rather than saving it) by giving us the funds as value on a credit card. (The banks were given their bailout money with almost no strings attached; therefore in order that we actually spend the money it needs to be given in the form of a credit card). In addition to spending on infrastructure, green energy, shovel ready projects etc. this would be the most direct and most popular form of bailout and would produce the fastest results.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  5. Barrett Burandt

    I think it is important for people to understand that Hamas really brought this upon themselves. If you believe Israel is a legitimate country, they are not guilty of anything, and deserve world support for defending themselves.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  6. Alan Cohen

    Stimulate the economy. Lower the retirement age to 55-60 with full social security and tax free access to 401K. Fund Social Security with stimulus money. How many jobs would be created...millions?

    Credit cards rates need to be regulated.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  7. Don Mattox

    Gasa is to Isreal as Cuba was to the US. Bringing in sophisticated rockets from Iran or China puts the Isreal nuclear facilities in the Negyve desert under threat.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  8. EJ (USA)

    Why is it so hard to give the bale out money to the tax payers after all
    Where the ones going to stimulate the economy.

    People always ask that question, but I never see an answer.

    I think it would be one of the best ways too. Give everyone $5000 or $10000.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  9. Milagrito Yépez

    It's really sad and heart-breaking to see those images of wounded children walking in the streets without their parents. I don't think they are aware of resolutions or request for cease-fire. If the United Nations can not do anything about this, who can?

    January 9, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  10. Roger Hogan

    I don't understand this whole situation. If Canada started firing missiles at the US do you not think the US would respond. I wouldn't want to hazard a guess as to how many seconds it would take the US to respond. There would be jets over Canada before you brewed your 2nd pot of coffee. Am I being to simple minded to think that all the Hamas have to do to bring this matter to a conclusion is stop firing Missiles at Israel. Isn't that what prompted the Israel attack in the first place.
    I am not talking about Middle East peace here, that seems to be an impossibility, just an end to this 8/9/10 day war.

    January 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Stephanie

    My son works at a video company in Redwood City, CA that cut 25% of their company today. No indication, no warnings, just people told to take their personal belongings Turn Off Your Computer and go to one of two rooms. Those in one room were told about the cuts and those in the other were told they were terminated and to leave immediately. Police were present. My son and the room he was in were told to take an extended lunch and when they returned –sent home early. It was an unsettling and nightmare day. How many others are experiencing similar situations and how many more will? There is panic brewing and rising that has never before been experienced in this country.

    January 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Tim Collins

    Why is it so hard to give the bale out money to the tax payers after all
    Where the ones going to stimulate the economy.

    January 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Amanda Walton--Algonquin Park

    Two steps forward, three steps back...it's like a bad dance where everyone wants to lead but never any good rhythm continues

    January 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  14. Annie Kate

    Its too bad Hamas and Israel rejected the UN Security Council's resolution for peace but not unexpected. I'm looking forward tonight to see what is next on the quest for peace and an end to terror for both sides. I hope there is some good news on this one because I sure don't expect any good economic news.

    January 9, 2009 at 9:28 pm |