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The 2007 recession has negatively affected numerous industries the past few years, forcing many companies to re-examine their business plans and budgets, and make adjustments to curb costs, such as reducing staff. In June 2012, the national unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, a recession-level number it had been stuck at since April 2012. The Huffington Post reported, in a July 6, 2012, article, that the economy had added only 80,000 jobs in June, had “produced an average of just 75,000 jobs a month, the weakest three months since August through October 2010.” The recession has “technically” been over since 2009, and yet the numbers show that the United States is still “suffering the hangover of a financial crisis and the worst recession since the 1930s.” Consumer spending has weakened; spending on construction has been cut in half, thus weakening the housing market; and the government, which usually adds jobs to jumpstart a weak economy, is cutting jobs instead. According to the Huffington Post article, “Counting federal, state and local jobs, governments have cut 637,000 jobs since 2008. They have cut 49,000 the last three months.”

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