The unemployment numbers are cold and hard: The national unemployment rate hit 8.1 percent in February, the highest it has been in over 25 years. And there are other parts of the country where the figure is a good bit higher pushing twelve or thirteen percent. As we wait for the release of the March unemployment numbers, we talk to two of the faces behind the numbers. John Fox is from an area of North Carolina, where the unemployment rate is 15.7 percent and he has been looking for work in the construction field for over thirteen months. Also joining the conversation is Janet from New York City who just found a new job after a lengthy search. Dan Gross, senior editor at Newsweek
and columnist at Slate
, gives us some perspective on the numbers.