Is it just me or does anyone else think that 9 - 10% unemployment may be the norm in the future? The 9.5% productivity gain shows companies are doing more with less. It may allow them to expand their margins. So those who are laid off aren't going to be hired in the forseeable future. So does out 'generous' government keep extending unemployments indefinitely to those without jobs? Twenty years ago I worked for GM -- and when union workers were laid off they received 95% of their pay. The governemnt is heading down that same path. Handouts for not working. It's not sustainable. It's real $$$$. Further, enough people in the US have had a REAL wake up call regarding finances, losing homes, borrowing from 401K plans to keep afloat, etc. to where they likely won't go back to a "keep up with the Jones" mentality. Thus, significant increases in spending by consumers is hopeful thinking. And if consumers are tight fisted in this regard unemployment stays high making a recovery years and years away. Meanwhile we have out of control spending in Washington that may bankrupt the nation in less than 10 years.