The Labor Department on Friday said the nation's unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in November because of the weak job market. The jobless rate for October was 9.6 percent. Employers added only 39,000 jobs last month. For more on the latest economic data, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Yuki Noguchi.
If you want to avoid a stroke, you can start by living a healthier life.
Shed those extra pounds if you're overweight, exercise regularly, eat more fruits and vegetables and less salt, say guidelines just released by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Oh, and don't smoke, please. Although drinking a little wouldn't hurt and might help.
Friday morning's report that November's jobless rate rose two-tenths of a percent to 9.8 percent, is shaping up as more fodder for both sides of the partisan debate over taxes and unemployment insurance.
For Republicans, the Labor Department report that the economy generated only 39,000 jobs in November and even lost retailing jobs in the month before Christmas, was another opportunity to condemn the Democratic opposition.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's leadership convened on Friday for a second day -- reportedly to work out a strategy on the embarrassing WikiLeaks disclosures, which are being called "Cable-gate" here. They portray deteriorating relations between the civilian government and the powerful army.
But at the close of the meeting there was no mention of WikiLeaks, though the government insisted there was "complete unanimity" among the state institutions.