I am noticing a substantial shrinkage in the help wanted advertising, and there have been several high profile lay offs in the past two weeks. That could just be an artifact of living in Oregon, looking for a specific sub set of jobs, or being in a general bad mood. We are having a carnival of stupid in DC, which is always bad for business, and by extension bad for job growth. So I am going to go out on a limb and predict the next unemployment will be 9.6% Where do you think the employment numbers are going to be, and why? Just to be clear, My preference would be for a very much lower unemployment number. that means the number of folks looking for jobs would be a great deal smaller, and my chances a great deal better, given as I give such a lousy interview. Being out of work sucks. And my main goal is to reduce the unemployment numbers by one.... me.