The Obama administration reported that 120,000 new jobs were created.
Last month unemployment was 9.1percent — so unemployment fell to 8.6 percent.
There are 153 million “available” workers in America. If unemployment fell .5 percent then we would have had to create 765,000 jobs to fall to 8.6 percent.
So why this discrepancy? Well some 500,000 workers “quit” looking for work, and thus this administration doesn’t “count” them as unemployed. Their numbers are added to the “new” jobs holders as Obama “computes” unemployment.
Sure wish I could work that magic on my checkbook.
A very informative letter in last week’s Record told us how thoroughly Mike LeMieur is controlled and protected by the Republican Party.
The signer plainly tells us that LeMieur’s invitation-only meetings are just part of a statewide plan set up by Republican Majority Leader Matt Dean.
It sounds great to say you’re taking input on which government reforms should be considered, but not after you learn that only invited guests have input.
In the good old (pre-LeMieur) days, public forums and open meetings actually happened around here. Constituents on all sides of issues got to present their views to our elected representatives.
What could LeMieur learn at meetings with an invitation-only audience? Why is LeMieur at the meetings at all, when Matt Dean is giving us the quotes afterward and telling us what direction the state needs to go? Instead of paying LeMieur and Dean mileage and per diem for extra “meetings”, we could just pay Dean.
I challenge the letter-signer to tell us about just one truly open meeting conducted by LeMieur. He’s protected on the house floor, in the press, and at meetings by Republican leadership.
Everything to protect the 1 percent, nothing for the rest of us ... again.