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March 6th, 2009
02:41 PM ET

A map of unemployment and job growth

Take a look at this map that shows you unemployment rates by state. It also gives you information on the industries and areas that are actually hiring. You can also track foreclosure rates, by state, across the country. We think this is a good tool – with some interesting surprises. The job data are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the foreclosure information comes from RealtyTrac, a web site that tracks the real estate market.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Unemployment
March 6th, 2009
12:45 PM ET

Juarez was fun – before it was dangerous

Mexican federal police patrol in Ciudad Juarez earlier this week.

Mexican federal police patrol in Ciudad Juarez earlier this week.

Gabe Ramirez
CNN Photojournalist

If you drive into El Paso Texas on Interstate 10 from the west and look to your left, you will see a neat cluster of Tibetan inspired buildings that make up the University of Texas at El Paso. Look right and you will see a seemingly endless shantytown sitting on top of rugged desert hills, smoke plumes rising in the air. If you weren’t familiar with the area, you may not even know that you were driving between two countries and two cities. Two cities so far apart and so close together. El Paso is one of the safest cities in the United States. Ciudad Juarez is now one of the most dangerous places on earth.

When I think of Juarez, I don’t think of an ultra violent city. I understand what it has become, that’s just not the way I remember it. I grew up in El Paso. My parents still live there. As a child, my father emigrated from a small town in the state of Chihuahua a few hours south of Juarez. My mother has relatives who live in the city. For generations, geography, economy and family have interlinked Juarez and El Paso.

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March 6th, 2009
12:37 PM ET

President Obama's "fair" warning

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

On the untamed frontier of American grocery stores, I have noticed a change.

It used to be, whenever a new register opened on a crowded Saturday morning, a hell-for-leather stampede of desperate moms and dads lunging from the backs of the waiting lines, hoping for a checkout stand land grab. While shoppers closer to the front gaped at the unexpected onslaught triggered by people who could see the opening much more easily from where they were backed up in the paper goods aisle, the herd thundered forward. Tempers flared. Slim Jim displays were knocked to the ground. Sometimes innocent Soap Opera Digests were trampled. And finally amid much muttering and dirty looks, some pushy soul would plop down a box of Pop Tarts and declare victory.

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March 6th, 2009
12:28 PM ET

Rihanna: Role model?

Amy Holmes | Bio
AC360° Contributor

The story of the talented, young singer getting beaten up by her boyfriend may not seem to have a political angle, but bear with me. It's not just tabloid fodder. It creates a real public dilemma.

I'll confess that I've been riveted by this story. One couldn't help be shocked by the news. A beautiful girl, on top of the world, getting beaten up by her equally charmed boyfriend. We know, intellectually, that material success, public adoration, and physical beauty don't have magic, innoculative powers. And yet, this story shattered the fairy tale dream that maybe they can.

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March 6th, 2009
12:16 PM ET

Where the missing end up...

This photograph of Molly Dattilo is posted on the NamUS database. She was last seen on July 6, 2004 near Lakeview Lane in Indianapolis.

This photograph of Molly Dattilo is posted on the NamUS database. She was last seen on July 6, 2004 near Lakeview Lane in Indianapolis.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Gregory Vice, Jr. went to visit a friend. Leslie Adams was planning on being at her sister's birthday party. Janet Brice offered an "old school chum" a ride. Gina Clark was talking to a relative when the phone went dead.

The stories are different. But the outcome is - gut-wrenching and dramatically - the same. A loved one suddenly disappears, never to be seen or heard from again. Michelle Rawls is among the missing. On July 22, 2006, the 39-year-old left her home in Wichita to testify at a court proceeding. She may have been called as a witness. But she was nowhere to be found.

Darren Glass was living with his foster mother when he vanished. That was in Atlanta back in 1980. The 10-year-old boy was thought to have gone outside to play. A short time later, his foster mother received a phone call. The voice claimed to be that of Darren. But the conversation came to an abrupt end. The search to find out what happened to Darren continues to this day.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
March 6th, 2009
10:49 AM ET

February jobs report

Program Note: Tune in to hear more from Ali Velshi tonight on the CNN Money Summit at 11 p.m. ET.

The industries that made gains in employment figures last month: government, education and health care.

The industries that made gains in employment figures last month: government, education and health care.

Ali Velshi
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

Today’s report includes a revision of the job losses for December, showing a loss of 681-thousand jobs. That would be the worst job loss since 1948.

Here are the numbers:

Unemployment rate now 8.1% (from 7.6%). Worst since Dec. 1983.

Adult Men: 8.1%
Adult Women 6.7%
Whites: 7.3%
Blacks: 13.4%
Hispanics: 10.9%
Teenagers: 21.6%
Asians: 6.9%

651,000 jobs were lost in February.

12.5 MILLION people now unemployed

4.4 Million jobs lost since beginning of this recession.

Only gains made were in education, health care and government jobs.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Economy • Unemployment
March 6th, 2009
10:47 AM ET

Financial Dispatch: Unemployment hits 25-year high

Hundreds stand in line at a job fair in Florida.

Hundreds stand in line at a job fair in Florida.

Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

The economy continued to hemorrhage jobs in February, bringing total job losses over the last six months to more than 3.3 million, and taking the unemployment rate to its highest level in 25 years.

The government reported this morning that employers slashed 651,000 jobs in February, down from a revised loss of 655,000 jobs in January. December's loss was also revised higher to a loss of 681,000 jobs, a 59-year high for losses in one month.

The unemployment rate rose to 8.1% from 7.6% in January - the highest unemployment reading since December 1983. The survey of households found 12.5 million people are now unemployed, the highest since the government began keeping records in 1940.

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Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Bailout Turmoil • Economy • Finance • Unemployment • Wall St.
March 6th, 2009
10:15 AM ET

No plane no gain

Ed Bolen
President & CEO, National Business and Aviation Association

Business aviation is being publicly tagged as a symptom of what’s wrong with American business when every day across the country thousands of well-managed companies are using their airplanes to succeed.

It’s time to hear the rest of the story. This is an industry that enhances business productivity, provides millions of good-paying jobs and contributes billions to our economy every year.

Let's review a few facts about business aviation in America today:

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Filed under: Airline Safety • Economy • Finance • Unemployment
March 6th, 2009
09:54 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Where the Jobs Are

Job seekers wait in line for a job fair at a hotel last month in Melville, New York.

Job seekers wait in line for a job fair at a hotel last month in Melville, New York.

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Breaking news this morning: The Labor Department just released the monthly jobs figure this morning and the unemployment rate is now 8.1% (from 7.6%). 651,000 more jobs have been lost in February. Here is a breakdown that Ali sent us this morning:

Adult Men: 8.1%
Adult Women 6.7%
Whites: 7.3%
Blacks: 13.4%
Hispanics: 10.9%
Teenagers: 21.6%
Asians: 6.9%

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Filed under: Penny Manis • The Buzz
March 6th, 2009
09:50 AM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's decision

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper about why he decided to withdraw his name from consideration for Surgeon General.

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