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|
|Oil price per barrel||$71.09||$146|
|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%|