Unemployment rose in over 80% of metro areas in December

posted at 10:12 am on February 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

At least this time, the AP didn’t use the word “unexpectedly.”  Joblessness rose in 306 metropolitan areas, over 80% of all metro areas, close to double the number from November.  Only 41 showed improvement, and even those may only be temporary (h/t HA reader DogSoldier):

Unemployment rose in most cities and counties in December, signaling that companies remain reluctant to hire even as the economy recovers.

The unemployment rate rose in 306 of 372 metro areas, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The rate fell in 41 and was unchanged in 25. That’s worse than November, when the rate fell in 170 areas, rose in only 154 and was unchanged in 48. …

Joblessness topped 10 percent in 138 metro areas, up from 125 in November but below last year’s peak of 144 areas in June.

Even the good news is tempered.  Detroit and Warren, two Michigan centers of automaking, both improved in December as automakers replenish inventory sold during the Cash for Clunkers program.  Both areas still had double-digit unemployment (15.7% and 14.3%), and both may have bad times ahead, according to a Moody’s analyst once inventories peak.  In fact, this corroborates the gains shown in GDP in the fourth quarter, where over 3.3% of the 5.7% gain came from inventory management rather than actual sales.

In two days, the January unemployment figures will be announced.  Analysts expect a gain of 5,000 jobs and an uptick in unemployment to 10.1%.  Our economy has to create more than 100,000 jobs per month to keep up with population growth in the working age demographic.  While a 5,000 job gain would be better than a negative number, in real terms it still means losing ground.  The key will be to see how many people exit the job market in January.


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FLASH Rush just reported the unemployment numbers MAY be annually adjusted by 824,000 more lost jobs. He says the news is from Bloomberg and will be released tomorrow.

dogsoldier on February 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Its up on Drudge now too. I keep saying they’ve been tweaking the numbers…

Calling Captain Renault!

dogsoldier on February 3, 2010 at 1:23 PM

[dogsoldier on February 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM]

It’s up on Drudge now and linking to a Bloomberg report but, FWIW, the report says “Government May Lose”.

Dusty on February 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

OT: Ya gotta love this from Drudge, too:

STOP DRIVING NOW: Owners of recalled TOYOTA cars being told by feds to seek repair immediately…

DON’T STOP DRIVING NOW: Lahood Says Earlier Comment on TOYOTA Was ‘Misstatement’…

As Glenn would say, “We’re in the best of hands.”

Dusty on February 3, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Decentralization should be item #1 on any political activists agenda, left wing or right wing.

ernesto on February 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Totally agree. Progressives will have an easier time getting UNiversal Health Care at the state level. They have already won battles in some states (e.g., MA).

Why make the fight harder by trying to get a little more the half the population to agree your position? Does not make sense to me?

From a conservative side, I would tell the country:

- On abortion: I want Roe v Wade overturned. The federal government has no power to ban a state from allowing abortions or banning them.
- On Health care: If universal health care is great for the economy and the people, please do not wait for the national government to do it. Our form of government allows state’s to create such plans with no constitutional or other issues.
- Gun laws: I catch some slack for this position, but the 2nd amendment to me only applies to the federal congress and not the states; though, every state constitution seems to duplicate the second amendment. State X wants to ban guns, change your constitution and do it.

What’s that line… Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

WashJeff on February 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Dusty on February 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Yes, I saw that “may”. Odd number for a guesstimate. The official number comes out tomorrow.

dogsoldier on February 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

He also advised motorists to stop driving their Toyotas until the problem is fixed.

hawksruleva on February 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Is there no one in this administration who aspires to competance?

MarkTheGreat on February 3, 2010 at 2:12 PM

And I’m sure that if all they did was cut taxes and lower the deficit all this would just go away…

ernesto on February 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Oddly enough, for once in his life, ernesto has accidently stumbled onto the truth.

MarkTheGreat on February 3, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Analysts expect a gain of 5,000 jobs and an uptick in unemployment to 10.1%.

I would like to meet this Mr. Analysts, who constantly has the numbers wrong, needs revisions several times for each number, and yet everybody still quotes him all the time.

What is his secret?

Sir Napsalot on February 3, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

WashJeff on February 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM

I’d add that they deserve to ‘vote with their feet’ in a reasonable capacity.

We can’t delegate some issues all the way down to county or city level, because of the horrible legal mishmash that would result. So the balance of mobility and jurisdiction for things like abortion must remain at the state level.

But our current system of winner-take-all is creating a hostile environment, because those on the losing side would have to leave the country, as national-level laws can’t be changed that often.

Dark-Star on February 3, 2010 at 4:18 PM

test

Jimbo3 on February 3, 2010 at 4:19 PM

MobileVideoEngineer on February 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Agree with your thought that The Unprecedented wouldn’t mind in the least if we peasants knew less about his Administration’s goings-on. Speaking for myself, however, I have no intention of granting him his wish.

ya2daup on February 3, 2010 at 5:25 PM

We can’t delegate some issues all the way down to county or city level, because of the horrible legal mishmash that would result. So the balance of mobility and jurisdiction for things like abortion must remain at the state level.

Dark-Star on February 3, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Correct, some issues do not warrant being pushed down to the county level. Abortion is one that I would say no lower than the state level, and no higher than the state level. The people of the state, though, should determine which level of government for “stuff”. Hopefully they will choose wisely.

But our current system of winner-take-all is creating a hostile environment, because those on the losing side would have to leave the country, as national-level laws can’t be changed that often.

Yes it is IMHO. Now which political ideology should create the biggest “tent” of voters? Which ideology does not preclude one group of people or another from implementing their ideas for government?

Progrssive statist ideology does not provide me and like minded people to implement a free market, free society state aking to what existed when our country was founded. My federalists limited government principles do not preclude a state from being the opposite of what I desire (e.g., see CA, MA).

Progressives and statists should embrace federalism. It provides them their best opportunity and means to implement their ideas in states that they control.

WashJeff on February 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM

even as the economy recovers.

Huh???

Well, I guess the survivors of the Titanic recovered, and so did the survivors of Hiroshima as well as Haiti so I suppose it depends at how you look at it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2010 at 3:43 AM

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