Recession tales: We'll never be the same

Chances are you know someone who has lost their job since the recession started.

The number of unemployed people across America has almost doubled from 7.6 million to 15.1 million since the recession started in December 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate has doubled in that time to 9.8%.

Think of it: About one of every 10 people you know is unemployed. And the numbers are only going to get worse, according to the White House.

The national unemployment expected to climb above 10% by the middle of next year, according to an economic adviser to the Obama administration, and small job growth is expected through next year.