I'm predicting that for the month of november unemployment may not get as worse as it has for each of the last 10 months. I know retail isn't a huge sector of the economy but many retailers do a TON of hiring starting in mid-october. I know when I was a retail manager many of the people I hired were either "temps" or part-timers so their numbers really wouldn't go to help unemployement. That being said I still think we may see unemployment appear to be getting much better when novembers reports come out in december. The economic indicators do seem ripe for an increase in employment across many sectors not just retail. Here is hoping things turn around in the next month or 2.