Sept. Jobless Rate 9.6 Percent; Private Jobs Up 64,000 : NPR
I wish the news was better. The Washington Post had a good graph that explained the curve between productivity and employment in different stages of the economy. In this case it seems that the economy is recovering but the job growth is not there yet.
Take a look at this study about Small Business and the economy at http://goo.gl/E3Mg