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How Well Do You Understand the National Recession?

By Hannah Kim
Maryland Newsline
Thursday, April 30, 2009

1. What was the U.S. unemployment rate in March 2009?

8.0 percent
8.5 percent
9.0 percent
9.5 percent

2. Where will most of the federal stimulus funds approved by Congress be spent?

Energy
Infrastructure and science
Education
Tax relief

3. How many U.S. jobs were lost due to the recession, between December 2007 and March 2009?

4.1 million
5.1 million
6.1 million
7.1 million

4. How many U.S. jobs will be created or saved by the federal stimulus package?

3 million jobs
3.5 million jobs
4 million jobs
4.5 million jobs

5. How many of these jobs are expected to be created or saved in Maryland?

66,000 jobs
75,000 jobs
82,000 jobs
90,000 jobs

6. How much federal stimulus funding is Maryland expected to receive over the next two fiscal years?

$2 billion
$3 billion
$4 billion
$5 billion

7. Which Maryland jurisdiction will receive the most federal stimulus funding?

Prince George's County
Bethesda
Baltimore City
Baltimore County

8. Protecting the vulnerable --a category in the federal stimulus spending plan -- does not include funds for which of the following?

Child care services for low-income families
Senior meals programs
Nonprofit organizations' programs for emergency food and shelter
HIV clinics

9. The Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- the formal name for the federal stimulus plan -- also aims to fight crime.

True
False

10. Which of the following U.S. territories will receive federal stimulus funding?

Puerto Rico
Guam
Both
None


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