Hey, have you heard? Times is tough. And there’s nothing like fresh new numbers to fill you with the tangy taste of despair. So here we go! First up: unemployment. The number of people filing for unemployment benefits last week jumped by 12,000 to hit the magic number of 500,000, a figure not seen since late last year. As fears of a double-dip recession and deflation continue, employers are clearly still hunkering down for the long haul and cutting costs.