U.S. Unemployment Remains At 8.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June according to data released this morning by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that wasn’t enough to lower the unemployment rate from 8.2 percent. In the second quarter, employment growth averaged 75,000 jobs per month – a sharp decline from the first quarter’s average monthly gain of 226,000 jobs.

Writer’s Block: War Of The Words

I have a cousin who likes to talk on the phone. She usually calls at exactly the same time that I am ready to unwind in quiet bliss for the first time since the alarm went that morning. Truthfully, I don’t want to open my mouth in the evening for anything except maybe that nice glass of pinot noir staring at me. All I need to do is say, “Ahhh” and there’s no need for conversation.