Tag Archives: unemployment

Rise up for the unemployed this Friday

Occu-Evolve is organizing a protest specifically around the issue of unemployment. It’s Friday at noon. Here’s why you should be there: Despite the much touted ‘recovery’, adult employment participation is lower than it has been since married women started entering the workforce in 1978. Since 1978, it has taken most families 104 weekly paychecks to […]

Huzzah! Unemployment fell to 6.7% (NOT)

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we find that the US added a paltry 74,000 jobs in December (I’m assuming that’s seasonally adjusted and doesn’t include people hired for holiday retail). And yet despite that, the Unemployment rate fell to 6.7%. Huzzah!Praise be to Obama! Praise be to the fiscally responsible Republicans who refused to […]

Joblessness doesn’t pay

On the 28th of December, long term unemployment benefits expired. The Republican majority in Congress allowed this to happen even though a majority of Americans thought they should be continued. Depending on who you believe, this is the first time the US government has cut extended benefits with the long-term unemployment rate this high. Per the National […]

The August Jobs Report and S17

Last month, the US added a net 169,000 jobs. There was also some downward revision for the employment stats of the month of July. Once the revisions are added in, the actual average job creation over the past three months has been at 148,000 a month–that’s a rounding error away from covering simple population growth, […]

Unemployment, rats and brains

First, where have I been? Lots happening in the world (especially on topics of Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, et al). I will address.  But today’s news was the US unemployment figures, proudly trumpeted everywhere–the economy created a cool 162,000 jobs last month! Huzzah! True, it takes 150 thousand just to keep even with population growth, […]

Happy May Day!

May Day has arrived. If you’re in New York and you want to know what’s going on, there are worse places to look for information than here. I realize Huffington Post posted a eulogy for the Occupy Movement yesterday, and the movement obviously doesn’t have the energy it did a year ago at this time. […]

Don’t know much about Statistics, either

Once upon a time, there was a man named John Williams. He wrote the music for the Star Wars movies and became quite famous. This is quite unfortunate for the John Williams I’d like to tell you about today. The John Williams I’m writing about has no aspirations to music as far as I know. […]