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Jobs continue to evaporate

You know the nation's economy still really stinks when it's good news that 216,000 jobs were lost last month (down from July's 276,000 and the fewest monthly losses in a year). At 9.7 percent, the highest since 1983, the national unemployment rate is still better than Wichita's 9.9 percent in July. People such as the 118 Hawker Beechcraft workers who got 60-day layoff notices this week won't see much to celebrate. The recession so far has cost the nation a net total of 6.9 million jobs since December 2007.