We're edging toward more than 2 million unique visitors for the month of October, making it our second-best month of the year after August.
While we know many of our visitors are tracking the GOP presidential nomination race and President Obama's approval rating, here are 10 must-read stories from October you might have missed:
- Gallup Finds Significant Drop in Unemployment During October: Our daily tracking of U.S. unemployment without seasonal adjustment finds a clear sustained decline this month.
- Republicans, Democrats Disagree on Gov't Role in Creating Jobs: Americans tell us in their own words what they think is the best way to create more jobs.
- Gov't Regulations at Top of Small-Business Owners' Problem List: Small business owners detail the biggest problems they face, putting government regulations at the top of the list.
- Chinese Rate Their Job Market Better Than Americans: Chinese are more positive than Americans both about their local job market and their local economic conditions.
- More Egyptians Finding It Difficult to Make Ends Meet: Egyptians are more likely now than before the revolution to say they are "finding it very difficult" to get by on their present income.
- Worldwide, Residents Stay Where the "Good Jobs" Are: Gallup's worldwide research documents a clear relationship between full-time formal employment and community attachment.
- In U.S., 4% View Their Lives Poorly Enough to Be Suffering: Americans remain among the least likely in the world to be "suffering," despite an uptick seen during early 2009.
- Unhealthy U.S. Workers' Absenteeism Costs $153 Billion: Full-time workers in the U.S. miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year due to health conditions.
- Majority of American Workers Not Engaged in Their Jobs: Seven out of 10 U.S. workers are not engaged in their jobs, making them less likely to be productive.
- More Americans Now Normal Weight Than Overweight: Americans appear to be slimming down at least slightly, according to our daily tracking of Americans' self-reported weight.
- U.S. Students' Entrepreneurial Energy Waiting to Be Tapped: Our poll of students in grades 5-12 reveals that many have entrepreneurial interest, but few are getting relevant experience and education.