Lershac: USA today thinks the opposite, this is a counterpoint to their editorial which calls people who doubt the numbers "cuckoos"
LDM90: When I'm king, I'm going to ban think tanks. Also, the term think tanks.
Sybarite: I agree that the unemployment numbers are skewed by the change made in 1994 that decided if you were discouraged for more than 12 months you were no longer part of the unemployed. The U-6 number is a far more accurate reflection of the total employment picture. That said, biatching about a measure that's been used for eighteen years because you don't like what it says in the month before the election is Grade A 100% bullshiat. Does anyone think these same people will be complaining about the inaccuracy of the unemployment number after January if Romney wins?
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bborchar: If you can't get your dream job, join the 95% of the world.
Mager: "James Pethokoukis is a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C"American Enterprise InstituteMan people don't even understand what an editorial is anymore.
dennysgod: This is also why joblessness isn't a good benchmark for recessions recovery because job numbers always lag way behind the economic benchmarks.
Hoarseman: Columnist from the American Enterprise Institute.
Mager: Man people don't even understand what an editorial is anymore.
dennysgod: Companies quickly learned that they can eek out a profit with less staff because even with the overtime paid (for the lucky ones) it's was cheaper then the insurance and payroll taxes of a full-time employee, so there is really no incentive to hire anybody back.
Deep Contact: Everybody who does not have a job or has a crappy job, please raise your hands.
bborchar: Most of the stories I've read have been about people who have jobs- just not the ones they like or pay much. But isn't that still a job? I've never had a dream job making a ton of money- and that's my fault, not the gov't. If I had moved to another city, I could have. If you can't get your dream job, join the 95% of the world.
spelletrader: Headline = "Add USA Today..."Article = Opinion TabSubby = Fail
Aeon Rising: Recently all of the regular employees at the fast food joints and gas stations around here left and were replaced by ones who speak and understand english.A quiet INS crackdown forcing businesses to fire illegals would easily explain the number increase, and if credit for that can be laid at Obama's feet, I thank him. WIsh he had pushed this earlier, but... Good job!
dennysgod: FTA The U.S. lost 9 million private-sector jobs during the Great Recession. Just 5 million have been recovered. Even worse, the level of private-sector jobs remains 13 million below the pre-crisis job growth trend. That's the true jobs gap, and it isn't closing.Don't count on Romney or Obama causing that jobs gap to go away anytime soon and it's a very simple reason as to why. For those of us that have survived all the various layoff and downsizing what was the first thing that happen when your coworkers were pinked slipped, you job duties doubled, and/or you had to work more hours. Companies quickly learned that they can eek out a profit with less staff because even with the overtime paid (for the lucky ones) it's was cheaper then the insurance and payroll taxes of a full-time employee, so there is really no incentive to hire anybody back. And even now that, despite what the right-wing blog sphere says, the economy is turning around employers are only hiring part time because it's still cheaper to hire two part-timers then one full timer.This is also why joblessness isn't a good benchmark for recessions recovery because job numbers always lag way behind the economic benchmarks.
sodomizer: bborchar: If you can't get your dream job, join the 95% of the world.I think "dream job" is a rare thing. For most people, jobs are something you do and get moderately good at so you can have some pride in it.If I were going to reform jobs, I'd make participation shorter, and make more responsibility fall on each worker, as well as requiring skills for just about anything. The emphasis should be less on "being there" and more on showing up, working efficiently, and then going home to have a life.In particular, we should stop jobs which treat people as interchangeable parts and reward participation more than results, so that if you stay 10-12 hours instead of 8 you get promoted, even if you did nothing important.Treat people like people instead of zombie slaves and you get better results.
vpb: Mager: "James Pethokoukis is a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C"American Enterprise InstituteMan people don't even understand what an editorial is anymore.I think it's funny how people on the right think that articles are written by a newspaper or magazine or whatever and not by an author. i think the reason is that they aren't familiar with news sites that offer a variety of different opinions from authors who are free to write their own opinions.They are accustomed to right wing sites that ate all spin all the time, so when a real news magazine publishes a right wing opinion piece they think it is the paper itself endorsing or "admitting" that the columnist is right.
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