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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 05:17 AM
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Unemployment near three-year low
Source: Reuters

U.S. employment growth accelerated last month and the jobless rate dropped to a near three-year low of 8.5 percent, the strongest evidence yet the economic recovery is gaining steam.

Nonfarm payrolls increased 200,000 in December, the Labor Department said on Friday. It was the biggest rise in three months and beat economists' expectations for a 150,000 gain.

The unemployment rate fell from a revised 8.7 percent in November to its lowest level since February 2009, a heartening sign for President Barack Obama whose re-election hopes could hinge on the state of the labor market. <snip>

A string of better-than-expected U.S. data in recent weeks has highlighted a contrast between the recovery in the world's biggest economy and Europe, where the economy is widely believed to be contracting.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/07/us-usa-econom...
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Madam Mossfern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 07:53 AM
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1. What kind of jobs?
Were they mostly at minimum wage levels? Yup.

"Transportation and warehousing employment jumped 50,200. The bulk of the rise came from the messenger industry, which added 42,000 jobs, reflecting an increase in deliveries of online purchases made during the holiday season.

Manufacturing jobs rose 23,000, the largest increase since July. Factory employment rose 225,000 last year, sustaining gains for the first time since 1997. <snip> Hourly earnings rose a modest four cents, indicating that most of the jobs being created are low paying."

I'm sorry, but the new cynical me sees this a merely a propaganda piece.

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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-08-12 02:58 AM
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4. "You want fries with that?..." n/t
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 04:28 PM
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2. And another 174,000 stopped looking. Still, any improvement is welcome.
When can we expect the revised numbers?
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 05:01 PM
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3. Real Jobless Rate's 11.4% W/ Realistic Labor Force Participation Rate + 42K courier jobs- 'quirk'
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/real-jobless-rate-114-rea...

One does not need to be a rocket scientist to grasp the fudging the BLS has been doing every month for years now in order to bring the unemployment rate lower: the BLS constantly lowers the labor force participation rate as more and more people "drop out" of the labor force for one reason or another. While there is some floating speculation that this is due to early retirement, this is completely counterfactual when one also considers the overall rise in the general civilian non institutional population. In order to back out this fudge we are redoing an analysis we did first back in August 2010, which shows what the real unemployment rate would be using a realistic labor force participation rate. To get that we used the average rate since 1980, or ever since the great moderation began. As it happens, this long-term average is 65.8% (chart 1). We then apply this participation rate to the civilian noninstitutional population to get what an "implied" labor force number is, and additionally calculate the implied unemployed using this more realistic labor force. We then show the difference between the reported and implied unemployed (chart 2). Finally, we calculate the jobless rate using this new implied data.

It won't surprise anyone that as of December, the real implied unemployment rate was 11.4% (final chart) - basically where it has been ever since 2009 - and at 2.9% delta to reported, represents the widest divergence to reported data since the early 1980s. And because we know this will be the next question, extending this lunacy, America will officially have no unemployed, when the Labor Force Participation rate hits 58.5%, which should be just before the presidential election.

Labor Force Participation since 1980:


Reported and Implied number of Unemployed:



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Related Stories:

Massive Beat? Not So Fast - Morgan Stanley Warns 42,000 "Jobs" Bogus Due To Seasonal Quirk

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/massive-beat-not-so-fast-...

Enamored with the 200,000 number? Don't be - the reason why the market has basically yawned at this BLS data is that as Morgan Stanley's David Greenlaw reports, 42,000 of the 200,000 is basically a seasonal quirk, which will be given back next month, meaning the true adjusted number is 158,000, essentially right on top of the expectation. From David Greenlaw: "some of the strength in this report should be discounted because of an seasonal quirk in the courier category of payrolls (Fed-ex, UPS, etc). Jobs in this sector jumped 42,000 in December, repeating a pattern seen in 2009 and 2010 (see attached figure). We should see a payback in next month's report."



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Average Duration Of Unemployment: Second Highest Ever At 40.8 Week

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/average-duration-unemploy...

The NFP report confirms the picture we have all known to grow and love - the people "entering" the labor force are temp workers, those with marginal job skills, and making the lowest wages. For everyone else: better luck elsewhere: the number of people not in the labor force has soared by 7.5 million since January 2007, and the average duration of unemployment is 40.8 weeks - essentially in line with last month's record 40.9. Bottom line - if you are out of a job, you are out of a job unless you are willing to trade down to an entry level "temp-like" position with virtually no benefits or job security.



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