If the unemployment situation remains this dire through 2012, we could nominate Gumby and still crush Obama.

PRINCETON, NJ — Underemployment, a measure that combines the percentage of workers who are unemployed with the percentage working part time but wanting full-time work, is 18.5% in mid-September — the same as the 18.5% at the end of August and the 18.6% of mid-September a year ago.