White House: We Expect Two More Years Of 9% Unemployment

Very distressing if not surprising news. Everywhere I go, people are talking about not being able to find jobs after their unemployment checks run out

Very distressing if not surprising news. Everywhere I go, people are talking about not being able to find jobs after their unemployment checks run out. How are they supposed to survive in the meantime? Maybe someone should, you know, do something about it?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The White House said Friday it expects that unemployment will stay at or above 9% until 2012, but at the same time forecast that the economy will grow by at least 4% in 2011 and 2012.

It also revised its long-term deficit estimate under President Obama's proposed 2011 budget: The administration now believes the 10-year deficit will be $58 billion less than projected in February when the budget blueprint was first released.

Under the revised estimates, Uncle Sam will ring up $8.474 trillion in deficits between 2011 and 2020, down from the $8.532 trillion estimated in February.

In the near-term, the administration expects the 2010 deficit to come in at $1.47 trillion -- slightly lower than originally forecast and slightly above last year's deficit of $1.41 trillion. Meanwhile, the 2011 and 2012 deficits will come in somewhat higher than the White House forecast in February.

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