(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Government data out this morning shows the unemployment rate dipped to 9.5, as private sector employment ticked up. But government hiring is down. Confused? The AAA is concluding there are enough straws to grasp to give you a good enough feeling to get in your car, buy some relatively cheap gas (down from soaring highs two years ago) and drive. The Motorists' group says some 17 percent more Americans will travel this fourth of July weekend than last year, though we won't be driving farther.