The news that the country had shed more than a half-million jobs last month is lending urgency to some political leaders' calls for aid to automakers. Researchers have estimated that failure of two or all three of the Big Three automakers would result in job losses between 2.5 million and 3 million within the first year.
The AP reports that President Bush said today's jobs report "was all the more reason" to come up with a rescue plan. From AP:
"I am concerned about the viability of the automobile companies" and worried about workers and their families, Bush said.