New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that 80,000 jobs were lost in March — making it the worst single-month job hemorrhaging in five years. The national unemployment rate rose from 4.8 to 5.1 percent. Both figures were worse than the original estimates.
Eighty-one percent of Americans think that, with respect to the state of the country, "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track," according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. That number is the highest in the history of the poll, which began in the early 1990s.
To honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis 40 years ago today, a cadre of activists, leaders, and national politicians, including presidential aspirants Hillary Clinton and John McCain, will be gathering there today and are expected to march, along with thousands of others, through the city. (Barack Obama is campaigning in Indiana.)