The most watched unemployment rate edged up to 9.8% based on the November numbers. The numbers are from two different surveys conducted by the BLS; one is a household survey which results in the rate; the other an establishment survey which results in the nominal job figures. The one (very dim) bright spot is that private employment increased a bit faster than the overall. It was government employment that drove down the numbers. In fact government at all levels has shed about 135K jobs over the last three months.
So my tip for watching out for the economic hypocrisy of the day? Watch the public officials blaming the Obama Administration for failed policies as they encourage government austerity measures that will make the situation worse. From the excellent work at Calculated Risk.
This indicates the slow growth in employment since the "end" of the recession.