» Many analysts say it’s fair to assign some portion of the blame for the rise in lawsuits on the global recession, though it’s hardly the sole — or even largest — reason for the increase. High-profile cases like Wal-Mart’s recent $5 million settlement put the issue on some peoples’ radar, while some low-wage laborers that can’t afford legal counsel have had their cases taken up by the Department of Labor. Seyfarth Shaw, the legal firm that released the report, also admitted that some lawyers had become driven to wage litigation after seeing massive pay-offs in the news. But, clearly, there is still more that could be done.
» As goes the country, so go the states: Or maybe it’s the other way around? Well, either way, figures released today by the Department of Labor show that unemployment, in addition to falling to its lowest level in two and a half years at the national level, also decreased on a state-by-state basis in all but seven states. This is promising, as it suggests that the uptick in employment is a nationwide trend, and not the result of, say, five or ten states doing abnormally well for one reason or another. Note: The usual disclaimers about the problems with how unemployment is calculated apply.