The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009. That's apparent on Wall Street, less so on Main Street. But the economic recovery is gradually being felt in places like Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The Senate passed an unemployment extension Wednesday evening. Who is eligible? Is it retroactive to June 2? When will the checks be in the mail? We cover the basics.
Web networking among the unemployed is surging, but experts stress that human contact matters as much as online friends.