Initial jobless claims rise again

posted at 9:30 am on June 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Associated Press manages to avoid the word “unexpected,” but in their report today from the Department of Labor release, they manage to work in an “expected” — as in …

The Labor Department says initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the highest level in a month. Economists had expected claims would fall to a seasonally adjusted 450,000, according to Thomson Reuters.

That is the highest level in the last four weeks.  However, the AP missed something else when writing this:

The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that hiring remains weak.

Actually, that “third straight decline” doesn’t exist.  The AP apparently didn’t read the release carefully enough, emphasis mine:

In the week ending June 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 472,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 460,000. The 4-week moving average was 463,500, a decrease of 500 from the previous week’s revised average of 464,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending June 5, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 5 was 4,571,000, an increase of 88,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 4,483,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,601,500, a decrease of 21,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,622,750.

That actually made last week’s number slightly higher than the one preceding it (459,000) and eliminated the third decline that the press hailed last week as some sort of accomplishment.  This graph of Q2 initial jobless claims shows that the declines were oversold anyway:

The green line represents the seasonally-adjusted initial claims number.  As can be seen in the chart, that number has trended upward slightly in Q2.

Furthermore, the AP report states that “First-time claims have hovered near 450,000 since the beginning of the year,” but the truth is that more claims numbers have come in above 450K this year than below it.  “Near” is a relative term, but the context of this report suggests that its meaning is intended as “nearly,” implying that the sudden jump is an anomaly.  In fact, even in the “three straight declines” that wound up being two, all three numbers were above 450K.  In the eleven weeks of this quarter, we have had only two weeks below 450K: weeks ending 5/1 (448K) and 5/8 (446K).  For the year, we have had only three other weeks, making it 5 in 24 weeks.

Unemployment isn’t coming down, and now with the home market starting to tank again, we can probably expect more losses in construction in the summer, when prime building season should be employing people seasonally.  We’re nowhere near the 325K floor where net job creation exists, and now we’re going in the wrong direction again.

Update: Reuters gives us the “unexpected” treatment (via No Runny Eggs):

The number of workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance unexpectedly rose last week as the manufacturing, construction and education sectors shed employees, adding to worries that the economic recovery is slowing. …

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected claims to fall to 450,000 from the previously reported 456,000, which was revised to up to 460,000 in Thursday’s report.

Update II: American Solutions has a job-creation initiative suggestion for the White House that fits with their existing programs.  Instead of “green jobs” in the environmental sense, these would be “green jobs” in the political sense.  Run for office against a Democrat in a primary and get a job offer from Rahm Emanuel!

Submit your application before this jobs program runs out!


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I can’t believe this!

blatantblue on June 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM

So, when they officially announce that we are in a W-shaped recession, who do you think they will blame?

Vashta.Nerada on June 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM

But….but….but….they keep telling us the stimulus worked.

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

You know what we need? A concert and a party at the White House!

Caper29 on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Every talk radio person I tune in on called this. The bump was attributed in a large part to gubmint census workers; they claim.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Isn’t congress supposed to vote soon on another extension of unemployment benefits? I’ve lost track.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Cue Biden’s predictable “We’re on the road to recovery” claim in 3-2-1…

IntheNet on June 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Time to resurrect the vid of that guy beating stuff in his attic with a baseball bat.

Green shoots! Green effin shoots!

Bishop on June 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

It’s okay, it’s okay. Calm down, everybody!

It’s Recovery Summer!

Thanks, Barry and Sheriff Joe!

Kensington on June 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

What we need is a Awesomely Super-Duper Stimulus Plan to get jobs moving.

But first we will need an Awesomely Super-Duper Stimulus Plan Czar.

fogw on June 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM

And that meme about slowing the recovery? If a thousand less people lose their jobs this week over last, they call that a slowing.

Bishop on June 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Isn’t congress supposed to vote soon on another extension of unemployment benefits? I’ve lost track.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

I have a close relative who will not actively seek employment again until they stop doing this. She doesn’t have an incentive to even try.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Gotta be Bush’s fault.

Racists!

Crusader Rabbit on June 17, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I wish people – on both the left and the right – would stop micro-analyzing weekly economic statistics. It’s like people trying to lose weight who freak out if they gained 0.2 lbs in a day and then throw a party that they lost 0.3 lbs the next day.

The long term trend is what matters. The economy is in the crapper and is getting worse. But trying to prove this by whether this week is better or worse than last week is silly.

angryed on June 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Vashta.Nerada on June 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Racists, teabaggers and Boooosh.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM

My friend won’t find work because he’s getting money from extended unemployment benefits anyway. What’s the point in working?
It is more expensive to work than to stay home with the benefits.

maynila on June 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

It’s Recovery Summer of Funemployment!
Thanks, Barry and Sheriff Joe!
Kensington on June 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Just when you know it is not safe to go back in the water.

ya2daup on June 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Obama announced layoffs for the Golf Coast. Keep the fisherman at home. Stop tourism and drilling. Pile it on Obama.

seven on June 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I have a close relative who will not actively seek employment again until they stop doing this. She doesn’t have an incentive to even try.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Me too. They have adjusted their lifestyle to live within the means of unemployment. They also told me they got a letter from their state asking if they needed additional help with food or health insurance and directed them to a local office.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Didn’t he pivot?

stenwin77 on June 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM

My friend won’t find work because he’s getting money from extended unemployment benefits anyway. What’s the point in working?
It is more expensive to work than to stay home with the benefits.

maynila on June 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I know one guy in the same situation. He does the minimum amount of required job hunting, but only goes to places that he knows he won’t get hired, so he can stay on unemployment.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I know one guy in the same situation. He does the minimum amount of required job hunting, but only goes to places that he knows he won’t get hired, so he can stay on unemployment.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM

How much is a weekly unemployment check? Is it really enough to live on?

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

When the going gets tough, the tough get golfing!

Scott P on June 17, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Cue the short Sicilian… “Inconceivable”.

NumberTwo on June 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

How much is a weekly unemployment check? Is it really enough to live on?

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

He says he gets $400 a week, not sure if he is telling me the truth about it though. He lives in a tiny place with an old beater car, and he is getting by on it.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Isn’t congress supposed to vote soon on another extension of unemployment benefits? I’ve lost track.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The Dims are holding it up but for some reason they are not getting the Bunning treatment from the media. I can’t figure it out…it’s almost like they are biased against republicans or something…

Joe Caps on June 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Isn’t unemployment basically minimum wage for grown ups?

B Man on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I have a close relative who will not actively seek employment again until they stop doing this. She doesn’t have an incentive to even try.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Me too. They have adjusted their lifestyle to live within the means of unemployment. They also told me they got a letter from their state asking if they needed additional help with food or health insurance and directed them to a local office.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I’m actually starting to think my mother-in-law is doing the same thing. She has been out of work since DHL completely pulled out of Wilmington Ohio last June.

She received a severance and DHL even gave the workers in Wilmington the option to get a job at their Cincinnati Airport location and if they didn’t get a job DHL was willing to pay for retraining of the workers through tech schools and colleges.

She hasn’t even taken the initiative of applying for funds from DHL to go to school and she’s on unemployment. She claims to be a conservative and she doesn’t like Obama, yet she’s not exactly walking the walk.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

speaking from a secret bunker… the only people hiring is the gubmnt… this is no surprise. However, as a computer expert, I am surprised that after being here for 3 months I have done exactly 20 minutes of work. Would like to say thanks to all of you for working Monday to Wednesday of every week to make my worthless existence possible. I feel dirty

lm10001 on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

You mean the stimulous is not working yet?

Mr. Joe on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

This sounds like a good job…

OSHA has directed that the cleanup workers in the Gulf are to work 15 minutes on and 15 minute off due to the temperature, and to not expose themselves to anything debilitating waste wise.

It is always hot there and private companies are used to working no less than 8 hour days. Some people actually enjoy the Gulf weather.

Do you need any more examples of how all the government can do is screw up whatever they touch?

PatriotRider on June 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Unemployment varies per state, but unless you are living rather lean or single in a cheap apartment (or Mom’s basement), $300 to $400 a week is tough to really live on.

Mr. Joe on June 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

It’s okay, it’s okay. Calm down, everybody!

It’s Recovery Summer!

Thanks, Barry and Sheriff Joe!

Kensington on June 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

–David Axelrod said: “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing. … In the face of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republicans in Congress chose to play politics with economic recovery and declared the Recovery Act a failure before it even began. They made a cynical bet that if the President fails, they win. Democrats chose to act by tackling the crisis head-on. Just over a year later, the Recovery Act is putting millions of Americans to work and helping the economy grow again. But our work is far from over.”

That always makes me cringe.

Joe Caps on June 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

He says he gets $400 a week, not sure if he is telling me the truth about it though. He lives in a tiny place with an old beater car, and he is getting by on it.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Do any taxes or health insurance premiums get deducted from that? If not, then I suppose you could scrape by on that amount each week. Provided you don’t have house or car payments or any kids.

Still, this is unsustainable for our economy. People pulling down 400 bucks a week don’t have the kind of financial flexibility to go out there and make purchases or investments to help stimulate growth. We can’t have 10 percent of this country essentially on welfare.

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Yep. And my relative is what I would have considered a really hard worker. I think her’s is a bit more of a revolt as in, everyone else is doing, why should I be any different. Everything else is the same as you talk about though. She adjusted a bit of her lifestlye to be able to get by on her husbands paycheck with her unemployment check.

My GF is working her butt off in a local NC county library making half of what the relative is making in PA in unemployment.

Doughboy, the realtive makes about 55% of her previous base paycheck and has been receiving it for close to two years now.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Obama economic recoveries are just awesome!

WashJeff on June 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I thought George Lucas would have done something for that poor stormtrooper by now…..sheeeeesh.

SHARPTOOTH on June 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

I just got to say, this was unexpected.

Why does Obama hate America? Maybe we should ask Rev Wright?

tarpon on June 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I thought George Lucas would have done something for that poor stormtrooper by now…..sheeeeesh.

SHARPTOOTH on June 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Maybe Lucas can write some speeches for Obama…Lucas has real talent for writing dialogues in movies. :-/

WashJeff on June 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Are we worse off now than we were four years ago?

Unequivocal answer – yes, and it’s getting even worse as we go forward with this administration’s “solutions.”

Doing a helluva job, Barry and Co.

HELL. OF. A. JOB.

Good Lt on June 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM

But….but….but….they keep telling us the stimulus worked.

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

That’s just because they can’t see the poverty through the window tint on their limousines.

hawksruleva on June 17, 2010 at 10:07 AM

All by design… The enemy within.
A do or die campaign is under way to minimize the TP movement and make people back away and stay home once again. Supposed members from the right are in on this, as posted by AP last night. Don’t be fooled people, it’s up to each and every one of us to recognize those who wear the uniform of the enemies of freedom.

Trust but verify. We have no idea how deep this plot goes. The Progressive movement is a world wide movement. America stands in the way.

Keemo on June 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Silly me.

Who knew, the Road to Recovery would include an increase in unemployment?.. Along with a 10% decrease in housing starts.

*shakes calculator, quizzically*

franksalterego on June 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM

OF course, this was unexpected. Look at all those new hires to clean up the oil spill!

Skandia Recluse on June 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Maybe Lucas can write some speeches for Obama…Lucas has real talent for writing dialogues in movies. :-/

WashJeff on June 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM

If i were to suggest that Oboobi were a darth vador costume and James earl Jones voice reading them speaches, would that make me a racist???

SHARPTOOTH on June 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM

We can’t have 10 percent of this country essentially on welfare.

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM

That’s pretty much what it is, permanent welfare. He is on his last emergency extension though, so pretty soon he actually has to start looking for job and not just going through the motions. I am not positive but I think he once told me that his insurance from his old job turned into some form of Husky insurance that the state covers for him.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM

My friend made approx. $80K in salary, was laid off, and now receives $1400 per month from the govt. (I saw the payment stub). She does get taxed. She recently received another extension of about 15 weeks worth. She does apply for jobs in her field and received one job offer at about half her original pay. She did receive an offer to work as a cashier at Target and while this is definitely a demotion for her, she was willing to take it but when doing the math she would make $400 or so less than what the govt. pays her per month. It’s hard to disagree with her on her stance to hold out until a lucrative job comes through.

For every person that is actually trying to get back to work, there is one that is enjoying being supported by the govt. I think the thing that would drive me crazy is the lack of purpose every single day.

sherry on June 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM

More golf!

GarandFan on June 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM

(1) Bullet Point on 2010 Congressional Democrat Platform:

I’m from the U.S. government and I was elected by the disenfranchised uninformed population with help from the MSM to hamper private sector growth until you elect somebody who is not macroeconomically challenged like me.

Americannodash on June 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

The number of workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance unexpectedly rose last week as the manufacturing, construction and education sectors shed employees, adding to worries that the economic recovery is slowing.

SLOWING??? There has never been a recovery in the private jobs sector. This fabricated recovery has been supplanted only by the Federal Reserve and porkulus that sent 99% of taxpayer money into the financial markets and the public jobs sector.

The liberal media has latched onto this recovery mantra just as they embraced the man-made global warming hoax. Economist are warning of a double dip recession. The fact is the recession has only been held in check by the billions of federal money getting poured into this false economy.

Recovery, my @ss

Rovin on June 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Just going back through the Hot Air archives, the presstitutes have used “unexpectedly” to describe bad economic news no less than 22 times this year.

steveegg on June 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

The original AP story I copied from Yahoo Finance had it in there:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped unexpectedly last week after three straight declines, another sign that hiring remains weak.

mankai on June 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I have a close relative who will not actively seek employment again until they stop doing this. She doesn’t have an incentive to even try.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Yep, one of my co-workers was in danger of getting laid off and he was actually excited about it. He could get almost two years of unemployment benefits and without paying for childcare would actually come out ahead of what he makes now.

JohnInCA on June 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM

You mean the stimulous is not working yet?

Mr. Joe on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Oh its working perfectly. Creating a nation of Goberment supported lazy asses as highlighted above in the many comments. That and southern fishermen and oil company workers will be gettin checks from Barrack Petroleum for not workin and the only ones that are not gettin stimulated are those of us supporting them.

dhunter on June 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM

What I want to know is DID OBAMA KNOW ABOUT THE LITHIUM BEFORE HE DEPLOYED MORE TROOPS???

BLOOD FOR LITHIUM

Was this ALSO UNEXPECTED????

griv on June 17, 2010 at 10:46 AM

MSNBC headline

New jobless claims take surprise jump
Claims rise to highest level in a month, showing hiring remains spotty

scalleywag on June 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM

The original AP story I copied from Yahoo Finance had it in there:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped unexpectedly last week after three straight declines, another sign that hiring remains weak.

mankai on June 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Thankfully, Breitbart doesn’t follow the presstitute practice of sending embarrassing versions of wire stories down the memory hole. Here is the original.

That makes at least 23 “unexpectedly” mentions.

steveegg on June 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

What’s the current count on jobs neither saved nor created under Duh Won?

SuperCool on June 17, 2010 at 11:08 AM

So, when they officially announce that we are in a W-shaped recession, who do you think they will blame?

Vashta.Nerada on June 17, 2010 at 9:32

.
How about if, as some believe, we are in what will be called in the future an “Internet-shaped” recession.
As in, WWW.

mrt721 on June 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Living on UI alone would be tough. The checks are around $350-450 a week depending on the state. But if one spouse is working full time and the other spouse is pulling in $1500-2000 a month, that’s a nice piece of change for sitting at home.

I can see a lot of moms deciding that $24K a year to stay at home with the kids is a better option than a $40K or $50K job where the kids are in daycare. Can’t blame them for taking the Oblabla money.

angryed on June 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM

CNN analysts want you to know that this is really good news… you’re just not bright enough to understand that.

mankai on June 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The MFM needs to don a short skirt, a megaphone and pom-poms while they squeal and cheer for this dud of an economy, brought on by worthless idiot Democrats (e.g. Barack Obama).

We had a booming economy during the Bush years and the MFM dragged out every sad sack homeless loser to show “how things aren’t wonderful for everyone”.

Hey MFM, how are those homeless dudes and dudettes doing now in this era of “hope and change”?

NoDonkey on June 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Living on UI alone would be tough. The checks are around $350-450 a week depending on the state. But if one spouse is working full time and the other spouse is pulling in $1500-2000 a month, that’s a nice piece of change for sitting at home.

I can see a lot of moms deciding that $24K a year to stay at home with the kids is a better option than a $40K or $50K job where the kids are in daycare. Can’t blame them for taking the Oblabla money.

angryed on June 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM

$211/week to me from Alabama back in 2008. Six kids and a wife with no job. Yeah, I plowed through my 401K.

People will do what is in their best interest. This is the system we have and as long as it’s done honestly, I don’t blame anyone for taking anything.

The government robs from the private sector forcing us to rely on them. That’s where the rubber meets the road. The people in E. Europe were not hypocrites for living in “government housing” or for using “government health care.” They were stuck in that lousy system.

mankai on June 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM

I’m an idiot… I only have 4 kids… I meant “six people” which includes my four kids and my wife and me.

mankai on June 17, 2010 at 11:24 AM

So, when they officially announce that we are in a W-shaped recession, who do you think they will blame?

Vashta.Nerada on June 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM

So true.

The reality is that we’re in a depression, but I think the earliest you’ll hear that word dropped in the press will be Q2 2011. We’ll definitely be hearing it by 2012, because the Republican primary candidates would be insane not to call it what it is and therefore brand Obama the Depression President.

The question is, what can the more-conservative Congress of 2011 actually do to change our trajectory? Are we too far gone or is there hope?

I tend to believe that even if spending cuts happen as they should, that won’t make an immediate effect on the economy, because what we really need is tax cuts, and those can’t happen as long as the debt is so hideous. And anyway, even a strong Repub Congress won’t be able to reform entitlements as long as Obama is in office.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but this is how it looks from where I sit.

Animator Girl on June 17, 2010 at 11:29 AM

So, when they officially announce that we are in a W-shaped recession, who do you think they will blame?

Vashta.Nerada on June 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Their goal is an “M”-shaped depression, with the “W” reserved for the blame.

steveegg on June 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I tend to believe that even if spending cuts happen as they should, that won’t make an immediate effect on the economy, because what we really need is tax cuts, and those can’t happen as long as the debt is so hideous.
Animator Girl on June 17, 2010 at 11:29 AM

WRONG!
TAX CUTS INCREASE REVENUES EVERYTIME THEY ARE TRIED!

The problem now is no-one in their right mind will hire or take a risk because they don’t know what the socialists are gonna do next.
If Bushes tax cuts were made permanent there would not be some of this risk avoidance. Tax cuts increase the revenues from taxes as business invests and prospers.

The socialists don’t get it so will recind the Bush tax cuts further tanking the economy!

Tax cuts and drill here drill now on shore and safer,off shore could bring us out of this thing but that won’t happen with these socialist, college professor type, theorists and abject idiots in charge

dhunter on June 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM

How much is a weekly unemployment check? Is it really enough to live on?

Doughboy on June 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

He says he gets $400 a week, not sure if he is telling me the truth about it though. He lives in a tiny place with an old beater car, and he is getting by on it.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM

What!? $400 a week? That’s $10 an hour for a 40 hour week. That can’t be right! That’s 20 grand a year!!!!

Vince on June 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

In Virginia, the unemployment compensation is capped at around $18k/year. Some states may pay out more than that though.

gleep on June 17, 2010 at 12:45 PM

She claims to be a conservative and she doesn’t like Obama, yet she’s not exactly walking the walk.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

You can hardly blame people. We are trying to work with our lender to not default on our mortgage. We have always played by the rules, worked, paid our taxes, etc. They told us they could only help us or even modify our loan if we were unemployed. Figures. We will just eke out our existence like we always do. But you can hardly blame people.

Kristamatic on June 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM

The economy’s acting stupidly.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Soooooooooooooooooo

If Obowma suspends the Jones Act,is this “unexpectidly”?

If Obowma quits the golf and cleans the Gulf, is this acting “unexpectidly”?

If Obowma quits to allow the adults to fix the nations problems, is this leaving the office “unexpectidly”?

If Obowma quits slamming America,is this “unexpectidly”?

If Obowma “never lets a crisis go to waste and actually solves a crisis, is this “unexpectidly”?

Obowma doing ANYTHING RIGHT, is this “unexpectidly”?

dthorny on June 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM

What!? $400 a week? That’s $10 an hour for a 40 hour week. That can’t be right! That’s 20 grand a year!!!!

Vince on June 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

In Mass, it is $700 a week. $36K a year for doing nada all day. Well for doing something…voting straight (D) each election.

angryed on June 17, 2010 at 1:56 PM

CBS Radio affiliate here moments ago:

“Jobless claims climbed unexpectedly last week….”

aquaviva on June 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

You know what we need? A concert and a party at the White House!

Caper29 on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Oh well have one, all right.

1/20/2013. And it’s gonna be a blowout!!

Sorry Barack… you’re not invited.

JohnGalt23 on June 17, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Cue the ball and the 9-iron, Hussein!

leftnomore on June 17, 2010 at 2:36 PM

AP acted stupidly. Time to schedule a beer summit.

antisocial on June 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM

UNEXPECTEDLY UNEXPECTED. B+.

mmmm, mmmm, mmmm

GrannyDee on June 17, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Hilarious!!

The media here have been reporting these numbers as the economy “bumping along the bottom” before it starts a massive upswing.

Of course, with the way these politicians are spending other people’s money (mine, my children’s and my unborn grandkid’s money), that “bumping along the bottom” is likely to continue for several decades.

I still can’t believe I am literally watching the destruction of my country happen right before my eyes.

Woe for America the (formerly) Great.

Fatal on June 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Oh, and about those unemployment benefits, you guys just aren’t working the system right. You start off by NOT marrying your working wife. Then you get her to produce 2 or 3 kids and get laid off from her job. She is then a “single” mother (and you are a “room-mate”), brings in money for her kids, brings in foodstamps for everyone, gets free health care for everyone (in my State – we have basically Obamacare light and have had it for years), and then on top of that pulls in nearly $2,000 cash for “unemployment”. She can do this for, literally, years.

No need to really look for work, because all you have to do is call in to an automated system and hit the button for “Yes, I looked for work”, or (ironically), log onto the internet and enter the same information.

Hubby maintains his job, wifey pulls in free food, free health care, free benefits for the kids, and extra cash on top of it while staying home and if you really want to do it right, you live in a “free” $500K McMansion home that is in the process (years long) of being repossessed by the mortgage company you defaulted with, utilizing various bogus short-sales and “single motherhood” to avoid any possible eviction.

Voila – the modern American family living the American dream FREE!!!!

Fatal on June 17, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Despite a giant slice in its side carved out by an ice berg, American Titantic Captain Obama, assures passangers there is “no danger” as continues playing shuffleboard.

MaiDee on June 17, 2010 at 6:27 PM

WRONG!
TAX CUTS INCREASE REVENUES EVERYTIME THEY ARE TRIED!

Hi. Calm down, I KNOW THIS. I should have been clearer. Though WE know tax cuts increase revenue, and there are undoubtedly folks in Congress who know this as well, even the stoutest of Conservative politicians are unlikely to propose significant tax cuts when the debt is high, because enough of the public doesn’t understand the relationship to revenue and it will be easy for the Progressives to cry foul and successfully accuse the Repubs of hypocrisy on the deficit.

Tax cuts would work, but the minute more $ started flowing to the Treasury, the calls for entitlement reform would relax and we’d be right back where we started.

We don’t just need a Reagan. We need a Reagan with a Conservative Congress, because that’ll be the only way to cut spending AND lower taxes at the same time.

2012 is going to be interesting.

Animator Girl on June 17, 2010 at 10:20 PM