Economic Focus – United States of America

According to CNN, the economy in the United States has shed 232,000 jobs in the first three months of this year.

The job losses were widespread,

construction sector – 51,000 jobs

manufacturing sector – 48,000 jobs

Retail employment dropped -12,000 jobs

business and professional service employers – 35,000 jobs

The widespread loss of jobs is the latest sign that the economy has slipped into recession.

Facts – BBC

  • Full name: United States of America
  • Population: 305.8 million (UN, 2007)
  • Capital: Washington DC
  • Largest city: New York City
  • Area: 9.8 million sq km (3.8 million sq miles)
  • Major language: English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 US dollar = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Computers and electrical machinery, vehicles, chemical products, food and live animals, military equipment and aircraft
  • GNI per capita: US $43,740 (World Bank, 2006)


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