Apr 6 2012

Jobs report weaker than expected – Unemployment rate falls largely because 160,000 leave labor force.

The headline unemployment rate fell today but largely due to more than 160,000 people dropping out of the labor force.  Headline jobs gained were 120,000 well below what the market was expecting.  It is likely to be good news that the market was going on a holiday break.  Employment is the backbone of any economy […]

Apr 24 2010

America’s Working Poor: How 12 Million Americans went from Working Poor to Food Stamps in Two Years. 38 Million Americans in Poverty by Government Statistics. The Importance of Education in Pulling People out of Poverty.

The middle class in America has been under assault for years but this recession only magnified the issue.  Most Americans, 6 out of 10 own their home and this is where most of their wealth is stored.  Yet the housing bubble bursting has wiped out much of what they once thought was part of their […]

Apr 20 2010

Unemployment Going Down yet Unemployment Insurance Payouts at Record High in March 2010? The Misleading Government Metrics of Unemployment Insurance. Extended Benefits Highlight a Shadow Market of Unemployed.

In March the Treasury reported a record amount of unemployment insurance being paid out.  $15.4 billion was paid out yet claims have been falling since June of 2009.  What gives?  Well a large number of people are being shifted into EUC programs that are extended versions of unemployment insurance yet this data isn’t reported when […]

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