Economics and Investing:

SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large Michael Z. Williamson sent us a link to an interactive unemployment map. OBTW, speaking of Mike, I just heard that his recent sci-fi novel “Better to Beg Forgiveness…” is now out in paperback! (Be forewarned that this is not a children’s book!)

D.S. flagged this from US News & World Reports: How to Handle Your Job and Finances If There’s a (Yikes!) Depression

Signs of the times, courtesy of FloridaGuy: Stark, Ohio’s hottest job: Janitor – Over 700 applications for one slot. Holding a layoff-proof, low-paying civil servant job may become the source of envy, as the first decade of the Greatest Depression continues.

Ben in Nevada spotted this: Cash In A Mattress? No, Gold In The Closet, With prices setting new records, the worried wealthy are piling up ingots in home safes. Newsweek goes shopping for precious metal.

Items from The Economatrix:

Peter Schiff on the US Dollar Bubble

Wal-Mart Trading Surge Keeps US Retail Afloat

China Crisis as Economy Crumbles

Asian Shares Fall on Bank Concerns