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Economic Snapshot


Heading into the July 4th weekend, here is a look at how the U.S. economy is performing vs. the same time last year.

July 3, 2007 Today
Dow Jones Industrial Avg. 13,577 11,215
NASDAQ 2,645 2,251
Oil price per barrel $71.09 $146
Unemployment rate 4.6% 5.5%
Number of unemployed people 7 million 8.5 million
Inflation rate 2.36% 4.18% (May 2008)
Presidential approval rating 25% 26%
Congressional approval rating 14% 12%