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While steady expansion of the federal government has shielded metropolitan Washington from the soaring unemployment rates seen elsewhere, troubles among the region's retailers are mirroring national losses in that sector with steep job cuts and a sales decline projected to reach 7 percent this year, a new study says.

Nevertheless, according to the 2009 Retail Outlook released last week by the consulting firm Delta Associates, the area's 1,000 shopping centers could begin to slowly recover in 2010 with average sales increasing 5.5 percent. Retailers in the region are expected to get a boost from thousands of new jobs in the federal government and contracting sector as well as pent-up consumer demand. Read the full article

By Jodi Westrick  |  December 14, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  | Category:  Local , National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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there are tweeks that have to be done to get things rolling and this president and congress and house doesn't get it...
unless you change the procedures that are keeping Americans from working...
nothing will change...
but no jobs...
means no votes...

Posted by: DwightCollins | December 14, 2009 11:26 AM

The fat cat crooks in Washington just do not get it.
When there are so many people still out of work, (30 million) this translates into "no votes for the incumbents".
They have has 2 years to get people back to work and still they have failed.
Well, I have some news for them, when the 2010 elections come around, a lot of these fat cat, non caring crooks in congress and the senate are going to find their very large, fat butts out of a job in Washington.
By by crooks who do not represent the American people.
You are about to feel the wrath of the American public.

Posted by: JimW2 | December 14, 2009 11:43 AM

American companies on the low end using illegal aliens as cheap labor for American jobs, while American companies on the high end use cheap labor overseas for American jobs that entail computer technology.

This year the holiday help in stores is college graduates who can not find jobs. This creates a problem for workers who do not have a college education in finding a low paying job that will not be given to an illegal alien.

Given the fact that there are fewer and fewer jobs for Americans there is nothing to prevent 25 percent unemployment in the United States.

Every time 10 Americans find themselves without a job there is collateral damage of 2 Americans finding themselves without a job, since the unemployed are no longer spending which supports the jobs of other Americans.

The question of jobs in America is not how to create jobs but how to prevent American jobs from disappearing.

Posted by: bsallamack | December 14, 2009 1:39 PM

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