Reuters: Jobless claims rise to near nine-month high This is the second week in a row numbers have jumped dramatically, after jobless claims supposedly -- and I emphasize "supposedly" -- fell the last week of November to under 300K, thus bringing the so-called unemployment rate to 7.0% for the first time Great Pretender has been in office. Now, at a season when part-time work traditionally doubles or triples, particularly for college students coming home for Christmas, we're seeing a massive increase? Something doesn't add up, and I suspect it is because someone under Great Pretender's control is fudging the math. This comes on the heals of a Rasmussen Poll earlier this week that shows that nearly 3/4 of Americans believe we're still in a recession, despite the government's numbers showing we're not. Again, somebody's lying, and it isn't the American people.