The January unemployment numbers appear to support the conclusion of President Barack Obama's top economic adviser Larry Summers that the U.S. is going through "a statistical recovery and a human recession." The economy grew for a second quarter, by a robust 5.7% in the final three months of 2009, but subsequently shed 20,000 jobs in January. This puts the U.S. Senate under pressure to adopt a jobs bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in December, The Economist says.

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