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demdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:54 AM
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Productivity Grows Solidly, Jobless Claims Plunge - Good News for Economy'
Productivity Grows Solidly, Jobless Claims Plunge - Good News for Economy's Health


WASHINGTON (AP) - The productivity of America's companies rose solidly in the opening quarter of this year, and new filings for jobless benefits plunged last week to their lowest level in more than three years, good news for the country's economic health.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity - the amount an employee produces for every hour on the job - rose at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the January-to-March quarter, up from a 2.5 percent pace registered in the previous quarter.

The latest reading on productivity marked the best showing since the third quarter of 2003 and matched analysts' forecasts.

In a second report from the department, new applications filed for unemployment insurance dropped by a seasonally adjusted 25,000 to 315,000, for the week ending May 1. That marked the lowest level since Oct. 28, 2000.

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA0RRT0XTD.html
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candy331 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:59 AM
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1. This administration lies and covers over everything
so we may not know what the actual progress and figures are until the likes of the 1930's depression starts.
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:59 AM
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2. United We Stand
in line for a job...
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:02 AM
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3. and in other news...20 million Americans without Healthcare
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:03 AM
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4. All that stolen loot, all that stolen money flying around
Eventually, after 3 years of pain, the sluggish cyclic nature of economy has finally turned around in spite of Bunnypants*, not BECAUSE of him.

Plus, the whole thing may be phonied up and things might NOT be getting any better from Bushevik Economic Malaise.

Hard to say. Things might actually be not getting worse anymore. It's possible.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:06 AM
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5. i wonder how many people are taking jobs in Iraq
like the "escapee" because their backs are against the wall. Also I read here somewhere that most of the new jobs are from goverment contracts or govermental service.

As a small business owner I have already laid off 2 people and may have to lay off 3 more

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:07 AM
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6. Anyone believing this?
Productivity figures really don't impress me anymore.
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:11 AM
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8. All "Increased Productivity" means is
less people are doing more work.

I ain't buying it, to answer your question.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:13 AM
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10. The last American worker will give us the most productive #s, ever.
Sad that people don't understand the underlying logic of this number.
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PfcHammer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:11 AM
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7. "Productivity Grows Solidly, Jobless Claims Plunge" driven by
digital camera & torture device sales. yipee !
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plcdude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:12 AM
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9. of course it did
productivity rose for individuals because less people are doing more work. Seasonally adjusted is the operative phrase here. Who has dropped off the roles for uninsured due to their period of coverage for unemployment insurance coming to end is not taken into account. For the last couple of reports the revised figures provided some weeks later have indicated a rise. One must be very careful to not draw too bright of a picture in light of the ever increasing deficit.
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Snellius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:17 AM
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11. Productivity just means workers work harder so bosses make more
And unemployment dropping only 25,000 out of almost 350,000 is not a "plunge". Let's wait to see how many jobs were actually created not how many have given up looking.
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kysrsoze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:28 AM
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14. It really depends on how many people were hired during the same period
350K new claims - 350K new jobs (high estimate mainly due to summer hiring) still equals no new jobs.
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loftycity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:19 AM
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12. Dumping people off of unemployment--
When are we going to put Jon Lovitz as the spokesperson for the Chimp.
The habitual liar would be great!..get people laughing and they will remember all the Chimp's zoo fabrications.
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UpperCrust Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:24 AM
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13. It's good news regardless of who gets the credit.
The jobless numbers are what we've been waiting for. I think it's great news for America that this thing is finally starting to turn around.
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uncle ray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:36 AM
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15. have WE?...n/t
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:44 AM
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17. Tell that to your kids,
who will have to pay off the debt being created to drive this "stimulus".

Oh yeah, and don't plan on retiring any time soon if you are a worker.
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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:45 AM
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18. Wrong! Look At Total Employment Numbers!
126,250,343 Minus 126,084,041 Equals 166,302 Fewer Employed People.

The first number is the total employed at the beginning of the year.

The second number is the total employed at the beginning of April.

How can a loss of jobs be seen as a good thing?

Beware of media spin.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:38 AM
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16. Sometimes, I think we are living an economic cannibalism,....
,...an economy that is consuming itself, along with all the people in it, leaving only a few economic cannibals alive and filty wealthy.

:shrug:
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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:06 PM
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20. You've described the Night of the Living Republicans!
That's the essence of our society. Now that capitalism is stripped of the wisdom of liberalism, the zombies are free to munch.
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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:05 PM
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19. Hahaha. Yeah, right. That's why the stock market is booming.
If you want a true picture of the economy, all you have to do is watch the stock market.

DJIA 10196.12 -114.83

Of course, the stock market is a leading indicator.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:25 PM
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21. duplicate
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