NPR recently posted an article from the Associated Press explaining that the unemployment rate in the US for June reached 9.2%. Entering “US unemployment rate" in Wolfram|Alpha provides the following screen which shows a historical graph of the US unemployment rate.
The article also highlights that “Manufacturing had been a bright spot in the economy since the recession ended two years ago. But it has stumbled in recent months.”
Wolfram|Alpha can also provide a graph showing manufacturing employment for the last two years:
Wolfram|Alpha can also show you gas prices, which the article also mentions:
“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and many private economists expect growth to pick up in the second half of this year, predicting those temporary factors will fade. Gas prices, for example, averaged $3.70 a gallon on Wednesday, down from their peak of nearly $4 in early May.”