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Economists expect a late year economic recovery, but their conviction appears failing.

Forecasters predict more than 630,000 jobs will be lost in April—an annual pace exceeding 7.5 million. Meltdowns at GM and Chrysler portend more hemorrhaging and depression-like conditions in the Midwest.

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 GM said Monday it will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year, phase out its storied Pontiac brand and ask the government to take stock in exchange for half GM's government debt as part of a major restructuring effort that would leave current shareholders holding just 1 percent of the company.

GM is living on $15.4 billion in government loans and faces a June 1 deadline to restructure and get more government money. If the restructuring doesn't satisfy the government, the company could go into bankruptcy protection.

GM said in a news release that it will ask the government to take 50 percent of its common stock in exchange for canceling half the government loans to the company as of June 1.

In addition, GM is offering the United Auto Workers stock for at least 50 percent of the $20 billion the company must pay into a union run trust that will take over retiree health care expenses starting next year.

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