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But despite -- or perhaps because of -- such relentlessly bad news, there's an up side -- for daters, at least.
Craigslist personals postings and e registrations have each seen 20% increases in 2008.
The 26-year-old aspiring actor, tap dancer and writer has a full-time job at the Apple Store in Pasadena and says the economy "hasn't affected me that much." Still, he said, when he goes out, "You're trying to save money as best you can without telling the girl you're saving money.""It's a very thin line between sort of being that man and also understanding that I may not have the money right now," he added.
But ask people who were brave enough to check their 401(k) balances at that time: November was historic for other reasons too.
Hobbs said he has "never had that kind of conversation" with a date.