Unemployment rises to 9.9%; Update: U-6 rises to 17.1%

posted at 8:53 am on May 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Once again, the numbers on unemployment tell a conflicting story.  The unemployment rate rose to 9.9%, but job growth appears to have finally begun in April, with the addition of 290,000 jobs, including 66,000 Census jobs.  Most sectors saw growth, but the returning job seekers overwhelmed the opportunities:

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 290,000 in April, the unemployment rate edged up to 9.9 percent, and the labor force increased sharply, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality. Federal government employment also rose, reflecting continued hiring of temporary workers for Census 2010. …

In April, the civilian labor force participation rate increased by 0.3 percentage point to 65.2 percent, as the size of the labor force rose by 805,000. Since December, the participation rate has increased by 0.6 percentage point. The employment-population ratio rose to 58.8 percent over the month and has increased by 0.6 percentage point since December. …

In April, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 290,000. Sizable employment gains occurred in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and in leisure and hospitality. Federal government employment increased due to the hiring of temporary workers for Census 2010. Since December, nonfarm payroll employment has expanded by 573,000, with 483,000 jobs added in the private sector. The vast majority of job growth occurred during the last 2 months.

The news was mostly good in most sectors.  Manufacturing was up 44K, mining added 7,000 jobs, construction continued its rebound with a +14K, and leisure and hospitality added 45,000 jobs.  That’s a good showing and an indication that the job market has finally stabilized.

It’s not all good news. There are two million more people not in the labor force now than a year ago, with about the same number of people desiring a job (5.865 million to 5.868 million in April ’09).  Those marginally attached to the labor force are significantly higher now (2.432 million) than a year ago (2.089 million).  Both numbers, though, are improvements over March 2010 and before.

On the decline, the Obama administration was able to claim lower numbers by using the unemployment rate and avoiding the issue of discouraged workers.   They’ll pay for that on the incline as those workers start looking for jobs again.  For the next several months, that unemployment rate may hide good news as it hid the bad news last year.

Update: The Wall Street Journal notes that the U-6 number that calculates complete unemployment and underemployment also rose:

The 9.9% unemployment rate is calculated based on people who are without jobs, who are available to work and who have actively sought work in the prior four weeks. The “actively looking for work” definition is fairly broad, including people who contacted an employer, employment agency, job center or friends; sent out resumes or filled out applications; or answered or placed ads, among other things. The number ticked up this month as more people came back into the labor force to look for jobs.

The U-6 figure includes everyone in the official rate plus “marginally attached workers” — those who are neither working nor looking for work, but say they want a job and have looked for work recently; and people who are employed part-time for economic reasons, meaning they want full-time work but took a part-time schedule instead because that’s all they could find.

What does the divergence of the U-6 number and the base unemployment rate mean?

A U-6 figure that converges toward the official rate could indicate improving confidence in the labor market and the overall economy. This month pushes convergence even further away.

True, but it’s important not to oversell pessimism, either.  In order to bring both numbers into line with each other, we need overall job growth first.  We have that in April’s figures.  It’s not enough to make everything all right, of course, but it’s finally a step in the right direction.  If it doesn’t pick up some momentum this month, then the growth can be called a fluke.


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I love the AP spin on the story…..pay no attention to the numbers it’s 800,000 people looking for work again.

No worries, the stimulus is working people.

PappyD61 on May 7, 2010 at 8:56 AM

There’s that red headed chick on the phone again.

Sharke on May 7, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Does this mean that there are really pots of gold at the ends of rainbows, that I still can get my unicorn and that Oceania has never been at war with Eastasia?

Oh goodie! Happy days are here again….the unemployment number goes up and its good news, the number goes down and its good news… it’s like a yo-yo or an elevator ride, you can have fun both ways…. I’m luvin me some socialism, yep, sure am fellas…./////

ted c on May 7, 2010 at 8:56 AM

How unexpected.

rbj on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

HUH? how do we add that many jobs and unemployment rises?
The NYSE ought to be a trip today.

ORconservative on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

So last year we had the unemployment rate stabilize and at times even go down despite hundreds of thousands of jobs being lost each month. This year could see the rate going up despite a good jobs report like this one.

Doughboy on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I don’t believe it. Just too convenient after yesterdays ‘accidental’ market meltdown.

Skandia Recluse on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

….a “laser-like” focus….uhhh huh…yep, surely.

spin baby spin

ted c on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Change we can believe in.

kingsjester on May 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Anecdotally, I have seen local big box stores with “Now Hiring” signs in the window, notably Best Buy and Home Depot, both of whom haven’t been hiring around here in quite a while.

This back and forth incremental percentage change isn’t a sign of success or doom either way, it’s a sign that this number will be the new normal.

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM

The NYSE ought to be a trip today.

ORconservative on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I’ve got my fat fingers at the ready.

cntrlfrk on May 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Unemployment really gives you time to relax and enjoy life, we should all be unemployed so we can all be equal.

Maybe we can get an allowance from Reverend Al……please let us all be equally unemployed……GIVE US MORE!!!

OBAMA 2012!!!!!!

PappyD61 on May 7, 2010 at 8:59 AM

I drove into Boston this morning thinking to myself ‘where has all the traffic gone?’

That is as good a gauge of economic activity as anything else, and if so, then we are still a long ways away from economic health.

turfmann on May 7, 2010 at 8:59 AM

So much AP spin in that article that I’m dizzy from reading it. Looking forward to Ed’s analysis.

petefrt on May 7, 2010 at 8:59 AM

I don’t believe it. Just too convenient after yesterdays ‘accidental’ market meltdown.

Skandia Recluse on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I buy it. For now. If consumer spending has gone up as reported, then that’ll mean more jobs created to meet the rising demand in goods and services. But we’ll have to wait and see in the months ahead if this is just a temporary blip thanks to tax refunds.

Doughboy on May 7, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Once again, the numbers on unemployment tell a conflicting story. The unemployment rate rose to 9.9%, but job growth appears to have finally

I think the figure is something like 16% or 17%, if all workers that were working a few years ago, were still being counted today.

MNHawk on May 7, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I couldn’t help but to notice the word “unexpectedly” missing from this post… Other than that, no surprises here.

Sure looks like Glenn Becks dreaded predictions are coming true once again.

Keemo on May 7, 2010 at 9:02 AM

….a “laser-like” focus….uhhh huh…yep, surely.

ted c on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

My bet: I’ll see your “laser-like” focus and raise you a “hard pivot”

petefrt on May 7, 2010 at 9:02 AM

In other news the chocolate ration has been increased from 30 grams per week to 25 grams per week. Doubleplus good that, eh.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM

but the important thing is cell phone girl has returned to the unemployment thread’s picture!!!!

search4truth on May 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM

The unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent in March to 9.9 percent in April, mainly because 805,000 jobseekers — perhaps feeling better about their prospects — resumed their searches for work.

Or…maybe…just a guess here…they’re running out of unemployment bennies and need a job?

bloghooligan on May 7, 2010 at 9:04 AM

msm spin: good news for the president

/s

let the spinning begin!

cmsinaz on May 7, 2010 at 9:04 AM

The addition of jobs is good news. The unemployment percentage has always been a crappy indicator, being nothing more than an easy to digest number for media outlets to use in headlines.

BadgerHawk on May 7, 2010 at 9:04 AM

The unemployment rate rose to 9.9%, but job growth appears to have finally begun in April, with the addition of 290,000 jobs, including 66,000 Census jobs.

Obama should be thanking those who didn’t mail in their Census forms; they created 66,000 jobs!

Disturb the Universe on May 7, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Has Obama said a WORD about the flooding in Tennessee yet?

Good Lt on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

but the important thing is cell phone girl has returned to the unemployment thread’s picture!!!!

search4truth on May 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Yeah, that stormtrooper got a job as a census taker.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

people who had given up looking for work are reentering the job market, which increases the unemployment rate. together with the 290,000 new jobs, this is actually a very good sign – not for conservatives, obviously.

sesquipedalian on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

it’s a sign that this number will be the new normal.

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM

not good :(

*sigh*

cmsinaz on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Before the Obama pumpers on CNBS get excited they need to check the U-6 and the BLS Birth/Death games.

From Zerohedge:

Fake +290K Payrolls “Added” On 188k Birth-Death Adjustment As Unemployment Goes Back To 9.9%, Underemployment At 17.1%

290K of which census was 66k and Birth Death was 188k. Hurray -the economy added a real 36k in jobs in April. Still, we are curious how the Chairman will not be forced to discuss tightening after this B/D adjustment inspired number (188K in April B/D, 81K in March). And in the meantime, headlines will read Unemployment back to 9.9%, and Underemployment back to 17.1%. Record jittery market bounces than calms down again.

flyfisher on May 7, 2010 at 9:06 AM

And weren’t we told millions and millions of new, sustainable, private sector jobs would be created this year?

We’re nearly six months in, and it doesn’t look like we’re on pace to, um, achieve that. Someone might want to get the WH’s comments. Maybe Biden’s.

Good Lt on May 7, 2010 at 9:07 AM

The unemployment numbers I’m interested in won’t be available until November.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

excellent

:)

cmsinaz on May 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

flyfisher on May 7, 2010 at 9:06 AM

That’s interesting, if true.

Good Lt on May 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM

My bet: I’ll see your “laser-like” focus and raise you a “hard pivot”

petefrt on May 7, 2010 at 9:02 AM

just don’t slip on your teabag while you’re making a hard pivot…/

ted c on May 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM

people who had given up looking for work are reentering the job market, which increases the unemployment rate. together with the 290,000 new jobs, this is actually a very good sign – not for conservatives, obviously.

sesquipedalian on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

It’s not a good sign for anyone. A good sign would be if the private sector continued to add enough jobs over the coming months(and years) to drive the unemployment rate down to 6 or 7%. THAT would be a good sign.

Doughboy on May 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Yeah, that stormtrooper got a job as a census taker.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

In a lot of urban neighborhoods, he’s the only kind of census worker who could do that job safely.

jwolf on May 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM

people who had given up looking for work are reentering the job market, which increases the unemployment rate. together with the 290,000 new jobs, this is actually a very good sign – not for conservatives, obviously.
sesquipedalian on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Which means their desperation has reached a critical point. Yah, this is great news, millions of new people looking for jobs that don’t exist, and now we have medical device companies declaring their intention to conduct massive layoffs.

Good times, good times.

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Are we to believe people – who didnt qualify for unemployment, after being unemployed too long – or just “dropped off” the radar… suddenly came “back” to the line en masse, as hirings have been occurring en masse?

Ok.

Odie1941 on May 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM

It’s a sad day when the government runs out of spin.

Vashta.Nerada on May 7, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Ahhh, but there’s always work overseas….right?

Wanted: Prison guards—see the Greek Islands as you’ve never seen them before. Get a birds-eye view of what America can become under hope and change.

Rovin on May 7, 2010 at 9:13 AM

people who had given up looking for work are reentering the job market, which increases the unemployment rate. together with the 290,000 new jobs, this is actually a very good sign – not for conservatives, obviously.

sesquipedalian on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

People who had their 57-99 weeks of UE benefits expire suddenly started looking for work, which increases the UE rate as the household UE survey determines those seeking employment. Less Birth/death revisions and census hirings, I wouldn’t gloat yet.

singer on May 7, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Watch the market run with this news…..

Vashta.Nerada on May 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM

One unemployed individual is a tragedy. An increase of 290,000 is another albatross around President Barry the Zero’s neck.

SeniorD on May 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Sales of green paint are up. The green economy is working!

GnuBreed on May 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM

These are temporary summer jobs (formerly filled by teens and college kids – now being sought by chronically unemployed adults). The amusement parks and garden stores will terminate these jobs in September.

kooly on May 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM

people who had given up looking for work are reentering the job market, which increases the unemployment rate. together with the 290,000 new jobs, this is actually a very good sign – not for conservatives, obviously.

sesquipedalian on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

I hope you are being fed with a plastic spoon, for I fear you might bite down too hard on a metal sppon.

myrenovations on May 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM

sesquipedalian on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

You must have an I.Q. in the double digits. Wow…

Keemo on May 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Ed, CNBC said the actual census hires were 100,000. The one thing to remember is that these numbers are ALWAYS revised later in the month (to little fanfare). A good rule of thumb is that if the President is a democrat, the numbers will be revised upward, and if he’s a republican, downward. The long term fundamentals for our economy are pretty bad and the more the press papers over this the more pain there will be because we are not facing up to reality.

Ann NY on May 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Well there is still good news for us in North Dakota & the surrounding oil-producing areas.
There really is no excuse for people to not have a job up here.
And if that doesn’t suit you, Wal-Mart & lots of other employers up here are always hungry for unskilled workers.
They can’t get enough people to employ.
Pretty sad, really.

Badger40 on May 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM

“We have no job shortage. This is this victory of socialism over capitalism.”

-official office of obama propaganda

txhsmom on May 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM

This Administrations got nuttin’.

elderberry on May 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Are we to believe people … suddenly came “back” to the line en masse, as hirings have been occurring en masse?

Odie1941 on May 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Not all or even most of them, or the new unemployment rate would be 15% or higher. But enough of them to turn a generally good job month to a small increase in unemployment. Really, what a month like this does is show that the simple unemployment statistic most often quoted is not a very good indication of what is going on.

jwolf on May 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Wait until the medical device manufacturers start the mass layoffs…then we can listen to Obama spin more lost jobs because of his great healthcare bill.

search4truth on May 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM

The dollar menu is a huge success. McDonalds is hiring.

NeoKong on May 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Don’t forget that hundreds of thousands of people graduate this month, and also will be looking for work.

Vashta.Nerada on May 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM

is not a very good indication of what is going on.

jwolf on May 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM

As far as I can tell nothing coming out of this administration is a very good indication of what’s going on.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM

It’s been long enough for a lot of folks to give up on making it independently in the big city, end their apartment lease, and move back with Mom or head to Texas.

I’m seeing a ton of out-of-state license plates around here (Austin) the past couple of years.

Sekhmet on May 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM

For the next several months, that unemployment rate may hide good news as it hid the bad news last year. /sarc

The Democrats will just move the goal posts and focus on the jobs numbers instead of the unemployment number.

There, fixed.

Onus on May 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Badger40 on May 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I looked at the link. It seems many of those jobs require you to get up early and then work all day, and no two-hour lunches with mandatory breaks every ten minutes. Sounds more like corporate slavery to me.

I suppose there is a five day work week too, huh? Right, as if people should be expected to work five out of seven days in a week.

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I’m seeing a ton of out-of-state license plates around here (Austin) the past couple of years.

Sekhmet on May 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I’m work in Houston(and live in Katy) and I’ve even seen plates from Alaska and Hawaii. That must’ve been quite a drive(or swim) over here.

Doughboy on May 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM

The unemployment numbers I’m interested in won’t be available until November.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

+1! Our politicians need to realize that, if they don’t stop the debt accumulation right now, we’re on a one way highway to what Greece is experiencing now. It’s probably already too late to avoid a debt crisis of our own, but we can still minimize it. Oh, and, btw, when our bill comes due and we can’t pay it, I think it’s safe to say that the IMF won’t bail us out. It couldn’t even if it wanted to. These politicians of ours don’t see any problem with borrowing a more than a trillion dollars per year, and, for being so blind, they deserve the unemployment they’re going to get.

flutejpl on May 7, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I would like to know the gyrations and machinations the Labor Dept. went through to make it come out 9.9 instead of 10% or higher. Get real.

sheriff246 on May 7, 2010 at 9:26 AM

The employment to population ratio is a better indicator of the actual jobs picture. It’s subject to a lot less manipulation than the U3 rate.

Long term rate (1980-2010) here.

BadgerHawk on May 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

I suppose there is a five day work week too, huh? Right, as if people should be expected to work five out of seven days in a week.

Obama: “I do think at a certain point after two days you’ve made enough money worked enough hours.

leilani on May 7, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Hide the incline!

Abby Adams on May 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM

+1! Our politicians need to realize that, if they don’t stop the debt accumulation right now, we’re on a one way highway to what Greece is experiencing now. It’s probably already too late to avoid a debt crisis of our own, but we can still minimize it. Oh, and, btw, when our bill comes due and we can’t pay it, I think it’s safe to say that the IMF won’t bail us out. It couldn’t even if it wanted to. These politicians of ours don’t see any problem with borrowing a more than a trillion dollars per year, and, for being so blind, they deserve the unemployment they’re going to get.

flutejpl on May 7, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Ironically, IF the IMF stepped in to help the US – it would be derived of our monies, with an added rate to transfer funds to the IMF, then back to us.

i.e. we would be paying a middle man more money for the original “investment” we made.

I think the mob gets less points…

Odie1941 on May 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Buuttt the white house economic ‘experts’ said the recession was over??? Wait, didn’t they also say that the new economic norm was 10 percent unemployment? Nothing to worry about here, folks, move along.

docdave on May 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM

As far as I can tell nothing coming out of this administration is a very good indication of what’s going on.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Touche! Point conceded.

jwolf on May 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Mira, mi hermano, they better git wit’ that amnesty t’ing before those gringos unemployment cheques run dry like the arroyo in Junio. Those gringos will be takin’ our jobs then. And I’ll be votin’ for a jefe in Guadalajara.

Doorgunner on May 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I suppose there is a five day work week too, huh? Right, as if people should be expected to work five out of seven days in a week.

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Rigs go 24/7 and it’s hard work. But the pay is good.

And you have to move there…OH NOES!!

BigWyo on May 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

HUH? how do we add that many jobs and unemployment rises?
The NYSE ought to be a trip today.

ORconservative on May 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

That is because the official figure includes only those who are looking for employment. As jobs are added, those who gave up looking reenter the labor force and are counted again. That is why the 9.9% number (or 9.7% earlier number) is not very meaningful. The REAL unemployment figure remains at about 16 or 17%. We will not see the 9.9% number change for a long time even after (if it does) employment picks up again. People will continue to come back in to the work force who were previously excluded from the official number.

MJBrutus on May 7, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I would like to know the gyrations and machinations the Labor Dept. went through to make it come out 9.9 instead of 10% or higher. Get real.

sheriff246 on May 7, 2010 at 9:26 AM

As I posted above, they do that, in part, with their Birth/Death modeling. If you go to the BLS site you can see a breakdown of the purported 188,000 new jobs.

flyfisher on May 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM

BigWyo on May 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

24/7…as in all day long? What? How are people supposed to keep up with American Idol and Gray’s Anatomy?

Sorry, no. Working as an indentured servant for the Big Oil Man is demeaning and probably racist.

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM

ADP says that the private sector added 39,000 jobs. How does that jibe with this mythical 290k?

Seasonally adjusted job additions?

jukin on May 7, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Sorry, no. Working as an indentured servant for the Big Oil Man is demeaning and probably racist.

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Yeah and you probably can’t get arugula in North Dakota or Montana either.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I have to ask:
What’s next 9.9999%?

golfmann on May 7, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Bishop on May 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

You know not all unemployed people are the lazy sacks of crap you constantly make them out to be.

Ragamuffin on May 7, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Think of the number of high school and college graduates who will be entering the economy the next couple of months, what will they do?

I recently took my kids to Baskin Robbins and waited in line behind a young woman dressed in business attire. When it was her turn to order she handed the man behind the counter her resume and just started telling him her story. She told him she graduated from college last July with a marketing degree and had been looking for a job since. How many more recent grads like her are out there? And how many more are about to be in her position?

flyfisher on May 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Thirty years ago, in Reagan’s early years, I remember feeling optimistic as we began to dig ourselves out of the economic doldrums of the 1970s that concluded with those awful Carter years. One nation, largely pulling in the same direction.

Today, I feel almost hopeless pessimism because we have a Democratic president who’s an un-American, economic idiot in the White House, Democratic congressional leadership dragging us down a black hole, and 45% of voters still thinking Obama is doing a great job.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM

The real unemployment, not the phony one made up by government to soften the problem … real unemployment U-6, steadily increasing since January, now at 17.1%

And then the new grads join the job market soon, and then the Bush tax cuts expire … and then

tarpon on May 7, 2010 at 9:46 AM

From the AP:

The jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent as people streamed back into the market looking for work.

Unemployment up? Why, it’s a sign of growth!

In the Age of Obama, there simply is no bad news. All is well, citizens! Enjoy your unicorns!

tsj017 on May 7, 2010 at 9:48 AM

and 45% of voters still thinking Obama is doing a great job.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I think that statistic, much like the unemployment numbers, is skewed and cooked.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:49 AM

people who had given up looking for work are reentering the job market, which increases the unemployment rate. together with the 290,000 new jobs, this is actually a very good sign – not for conservatives, obviously.

sesquipedalian on May 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Nice spin but as more of those who were dropped out of the umemployment lists return to the searching the U3 numbers will begin to approach the U6 numbers and let’s not forget all the new HS and Univ. Graduates that will begin entering the workforce over the next two months plus the loss of all the temporary census jobs. While I am happy that Jobs are being made the spiking unemployment rate will not help the liberals either.

chemman on May 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

flyfisher on May 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM

That’s sad. But how much do you want to bet that her resume had grammatical errors, usage problems, or typographical errors?

OT: Did anyone else see Beck’s show yesterday with an audience of LEGAL immigrants? I caught most of it in the wee hours this morning. I thought it was uplifting. It should be required viewing for anyone on the left.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Is there such a thing as a jobs available number?

I was just thinking: whatever happened to going where the jobs are?

OldEnglish on May 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I think that statistic, much like the unemployment numbers, is skewed and cooked.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I hope you’re right. At some point, I wonder when blacks, for example, are going to conclude that Obama’s cracker-half ain’t getting the job done.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM

OT: Did anyone else see Beck’s show yesterday with an audience of LEGAL immigrants? I caught most of it in the wee hours this morning. I thought it was uplifting. It should be required viewing for anyone on the left.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I saw it and thought it was great. My daughter in law is from Burma. A legal immigrant and as of a couple of years ago a citizen. Knowing how difficult her path was to get here legally and become a citizen I have very little sympathy for those who sneak in and no tolerance for those who would champion them.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:56 AM

That’s sad. But how much do you want to bet that her resume had grammatical errors, usage problems, or typographical errors?

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised. Not long ago I had a girl spell her name one way on her resume and another way on her cover letter. Regardless, there are about to be a deluge of new graduates who can’t find jobs.

flyfisher on May 7, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Just remember folks…

Bush and 5% unemployment in 2004 = worst economy since 1930s

Obama and 9.9% unemployment in 2010 = booming economy.

angryed on May 7, 2010 at 10:01 AM

and 45% of voters still thinking Obama is doing a great job.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I think that statistic, much like the unemployment numbers, is skewed and cooked.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 9:49 AM

No. 45% of Americans are idiots. That I can easily believe.

angryed on May 7, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Of that 0.2% increase in unemployment, how many are Democrat congressmen?

PackerBronco on May 7, 2010 at 10:03 AM

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM

That’s going to be a long road, but I honestly think that inroads are being made in that area. Reference the recent thread here on HA about the increase in black Republican political candidates.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Getting better. I’m sure a lot of Obama voters have no desire to rush back to work, anyway. Let’s not forget that, not only did they extend benefits to something close to 9 million weeks, but they also bumped up the weekly amount.

not for conservatives, obviously.

This troll has been pretty active lately. Economics can be a tough subject, lad (lass?), I know… I know. It should be left to those intelligent enough to understand how things work in the practice, not in liberal la-la land.

While it certainly appears the most Dems have no clue how economics works, there are some who do, and they are purposely trying to create conditions that will increase the number of citizens dependent on handouts.

I really get tired of mindless morons who infiltrate blogs and repeat lame talking points that are circulated via email.

reaganaut on May 7, 2010 at 10:03 AM

46% of jobless (6.7 million Americans) have been unemployed for over 27 weeks

faraway on May 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM

No. 45% of Americans are idiots. That I can easily believe.

angryed on May 7, 2010 at 10:02 AM

:-) I’m a little more optimistic than you, but I know where you’re coming from. In moments of extreme frustration I’ve been know to make similar comments.

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Yeah, well I just lost my job again. Yep, I said again! I am 59 years old and have decided that the only way is to start my own business.It’ll be a lot of hard work to get it going and I can do that, I just hope that my funds last.

Vince on May 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM

The 290k is BOGUS.

Subtract 66k for census and ANOTHER 188k for “Total Nonfarm Birth/Death Adjustment”…

and you are left with 36,000 actual jobs created.

singlemalt_18 on May 7, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Vince on May 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Sorry to hear that, hope you’re successful. What kind of work do you do?

Oldnuke on May 7, 2010 at 10:08 AM

It’s going to get worse. As the stimulus money dries up, and states can’t afford to keep with that pace….there will be lay offs in the public sector soon. United, and Continental are merging, if all goes as planned. Watch for a lot of layoffs there as well, as they try to trim, and slim things down to uber efficiency.

And this doesn’t account for the weekly 400,000+ that continue to be laid off.

capejasmine on May 7, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Obama’s America

Inanemergencydial on May 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM

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