Sunday, April 7, 2013

The March 2013 Jobs Farce

The recent jobs report is another example of how much of a farce the headline unemployment is; the unemployment rate dropped to 7.6% from 7.8% despite the fact that only 88,000 jobs were created for the month of April. Remember, anything less than 250,000 jobs created per month is almost meaningless for our economy since our working age population grows about 300,000 people per month. But the most concerning aspect about the drop in the unemployment rate was that it is mostly due to a large amount of people who had dropped out of the work force because they were discouraged by not being able to find a decent job. The Wall Street Journal also reports:

“The share of the population that's either working or looking for work, a metric known as the participation rate, fell to 63.3% in March, its lowest level since 1979. Nearly half a million Americans dropped out of the labor force in March, the biggest one-month decline since December 2009…The participation rate doesn't get as much attention as the better-known unemployment rate, but many economists consider it a better gauge of the labor market's long-term health. The jobless rate only counts people who are actively looking for work; it ignores the millions of Americans who have given up looking entirely.”

I’m already hearing the Obama apologists claiming that the people that are dropping out of the work force are people (boomers) that are retiring. This is not entirely untrue but a good chunk of the discouraged workers are not retiring Boomers:

“March's labor force decline was concentrated not among retirement-age baby boomers but among those under age 25, who accounted for nearly half of all drop-outs. The participation rate among those under 25 has fallen below 55%, from just under 60% when the recession began. That reflects to some degree the long-run increase in college attendance, but the big one-month drop also suggests young people are struggling to find work in the still-shaky economy.

Among those in the middle of their working lives, the downward trend is milder but still unmistakable. The participation rate for so-called prime-age workers—those between 25 and 54—was 81.1% in March, the lowest level since 1984. There is no benign explanation for that decline: The number of prime-age workers counted as "unemployed" has fallen by 731,000 in the past year, but just 166,000 of those workers found jobs; the rest simply gave up looking.

The shrinking labor force has long-term implications for the U.S. economy. Economic research has shown that the longer people stay out of work, the harder it is for them to find jobs—thus many of the recent drop-outs will likely never return to the labor market, even as millions of baby boomers are poised to retire. Barring a rapid economic acceleration that leads to a hiring surge, that will leave a smaller share of the population supporting the economy.”

The fact is that this economy is not creating jobs despite what liberals claim. By the way, the U6 rate for March 2013 is still very high: 13.8%

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Leading Indicators

Just a reminder--some of the important leading indicators are:

Core retail sales
ISM index for manufacturing
ISM services (80% of the economy)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Is the U.S. dollar doomed?

Only the most naive still believe that we are going to get out of this economic mess without some real pain and consequence.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The joy of high speed rail in Cali

So, it turns out that it is going to cost a lot more than the cheerleaders told us that it would:

The estimated cost of California's high-speed rail project is rising by billions of dollars.

Environmental impact studies released Tuesday and obtained in advance by The Associated Press put the cost of building the initial segment at anywhere from $10 billion to $13.9 billion.

That's sharply higher than the $7.1 billion estimate from 2009 for the Merced-to-Bakersfield section. Rail board executives say the higher costs include more elevated tracks in the Central Valley and more specific data about property values.

What a surprise. Politicians with the aid of environmentalists sold this "feel good" boondoggle to gullible voters and now we're stuck with footing the bill for decades to come. I wish I could say that there was a lesson learned here but I doubt it.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Enjoy the decline!

Jim Rogers: "Driving down the value of our own money is lunacy."

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another rat leaving ship

Larry Summers, Christina Romer, and now the guy with the weird name jumps off the pier. I just wish that he could take Jared Bernstein with him.

Bye, bye tax credits

Here's hoping that this starts a trend across the country . There are a plethora of tax credits for so-called "green" alternatives in California that should be eliminated. One of them is for hybrid cars.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

No media bias at MSNBC

LOL!! MSNBC is hilarious!

We don't need no mind control

Public education is one of the greatest scams perpetuated on the masses.

Monday, May 30, 2011

He was right.

Peter Schiff is not perfect but he called the economic debacle that was looming quite nicely. This clip is from 2006 which is just a year or so before The Great Recession. Note that the economist sheeple he debates in this clip can't see the forest from the trees.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Private property rights? Bwhahahaha!!

So now our wise overlords what to start restricting how much control we have over our 401K plans, eh? They can't manage the federal budget but they are happy to dip their fat hands into your cookie jar. This latest move should disabuse anyone of the notion that private property rights are, or have ever been, cherished by the powers in Washington.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thomas Sowell on public service and education

An excerpt: "Higher education is supposed to teach people to see beyond surface glitter and plausible words. It is supposed to see beyond the fads of today to the broad sweep of history. Most of history is the story of how political leaders have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race."

HT: Liberty Pen