AP Photo/Rick BowmerIt's hardly news that Americans are concerned about the economy. But are they mainly worried about the bleak economic situation in general -- things like slow GDP growth, market turmoil, and the weak housing sector -- or about the narrower issue of unemployment? Lately, it looks like the latter.
Gallup asks people every month what they think is the most important problem facing the country, and offers several choices, including "the economy in general," and unemployment/jobs." In reality, of course, the two are closely connected. Unemployment won't significantly decline until the economy itself gets moving again -- and that won't happen until demand picks up. Still, the question helps get at what's on people's minds, and what the specific focus of their concern is.
This month, with the official jobless rate at 9.1 percent, 39 percent of respondents said unemployment, up from 28 percent last month. Meanwhile, the share who said the economy in general declined from 31 to 28.Read More »from Unemployment now Americans’ top concern