Here is the unemployment as tracked by shadowstats.com;
and here are inflation numbers;
You might want to visit the following site to get some interesting prespective on current (mostly) US economics - http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/
As an Ummah, unfortunately I am not sure there is much we can do on a large scale, though there are some economic activity in Gulf countries and Malaysia but most of the new investments intruments are on shaky grounds wrt to Islamic guidelines of investments. From what I have heard, though Muslims are willing to invest in Islamic investment vehicles such as Sukuk bonds, etc, but they only want positive returns (profits). Actually most of these investors are looking for a better returns with their Islamic investment than what is generated by secular investment vehicles. You now have Ulemas such as Taqi Usmani Sb DB etc, who are revaluating their fatwas on Islamic mortgage (Murahabah/tawarruq), they now reckon that the whole Islamic mortgage model in the West is being incorrectly implemented and the way it has involved is not how/what they had invisoned. Wallahu allam!
It seems like we are living in a time of increasing volatility and ramphant inflation mixed with a lot of political uncertainity. It seems like the bankers have driven the global economy to the ground and apparently they are not done yet.