unemployment

A Little More NH Wage Perspective

by Steve MacDonald October 11, 2014
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Yesterday I wrote about John White, the Democrat state Senate candidate who called New Hampshire’s low income residents bottom feeders.  Had a Republican said this it would be above the fold on every paper but the Union Leader.  But a Democrat said it.  But that is how Democrats think. They also think that they can […]

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Democrat Roger Tilton – Hey, Lets Kill Jobs In NH

by Steve MacDonald September 19, 2014
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New Hampshire Democrat Roger Tilton  (D- Utopia) is happy to be endorsed by the AFL-CIO, whose union bosses want to secure a wage cartel in New Hampshire that will benefit union bosses and expand government budgets at the expense of New Hampshire’s small business owners, and low skilled and first time workers – who will […]

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AFL-CIO Lists NH Democrats Who Support The Wage Cartel

by Steve MacDonald September 18, 2014
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Artificially defining the value of labor makes Democrats feel good.  Not because they forced someone to pay more than that hour of labor is worth, though I suspect they enjoy the feeling of power such arbitrary expressions of authority represent.  They feel good because they know it will grow the size of government. The Unions […]

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Data Point – Wall Street vs Population of Employed Americans

by Skip July 18, 2014

“This chart shows you how to respond next time. Although stocks and profit are indeed up as a result of the Obama administration and Federal Reserve policies, it isn’t translating to regular — non-Wall Street — Americans:” (H/T: Independent Journal Review)

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Obama Economy Sheds 523,000 Full Time Jobs in June

by Steve MacDonald July 7, 2014
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Yeah, wage growth stinks, and the labor force participation numbers are horrible but the reported unemployment rate is down to 6.1%.  Probably in part because in June the Obama Economy shed 523,000 full-time jobs. Sure, part-time jobs surged, but those are typically entry-level assignments or low-skill positions.  That’s no way to run a recovery.  But […]

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Continued Ways of Malaise

by Tom June 6, 2014

When Liberals attempt to make hay out of today’s Labor Report, you should nudge them to look at all the data, not just the parts that soothe their cognitive dissonance about this economy and the disaster that is the Obama administration’s mishandling of it. And, after all, data must always be put into context and […]

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Data Point – Obama’s legacy of unemployment: 1 in 6 adult males out of work

by Skip June 1, 2014

10 Million-Men-In-Prime-Working-Years-Are-Simply-Not-Working This is like the inflation rate – it seems stable but since the Federal government removed gas prices and food prices, it presents a picture to ordinary Americans that things are better than what they really are. A true measure of unemployment is not the U3 rate but the U6 rate with includes […]

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War on Women – Jeanne Shaheen Drove Record Number of Women Out of Work Force

by Steve MacDonald May 4, 2014
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Ask Jeanne Shaheen how much use there is in promoting “equal pay” rhetoric that hurts employment or wage rhetoric that would kill off half a million jobs, when a record number of women have given up “even looking” for a job in the ObamaEconomy? (CNSNews.com) – The number of women 16 and older not in the […]

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Democrats Take The Labor Participation Rate Back – To 1976

by Steve MacDonald May 2, 2014
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Democrats Take America Back – To 1976; the Labor participation rate that is.  So what’s next, Global cooling?

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Data Points – an amalgam

by Skip April 18, 2014

Been real busy so playing catch up.  Here’s a few unconnected, disjoint factoids: Census says!  86.5 million workers are supporting 148 non-workers. Enough people riding in the wagon for you, Zandra Rice-Hawkins, Jeanne Shaheen, and President Obama? The average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity hit a March record of 13.5 cents, according data released […]

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Democrat War on Work – What Do You Mean ‘Where Have The Workers Gone?’

by Steve MacDonald April 6, 2014
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Democrats are not the party of work, or the American family.  Their ‘American Dream’ is a nation crowded with dependents. Under Democrat rule work force participation has plummeted while government dependence has skyrocketed. There is no mystery.  Millions or worker did not “vanish from the workforce.”  They were driven out by a sustained, regulatory assault […]

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Minimum Wage Hike = Fewer Jobs, Higher Prices

by Steve MacDonald March 20, 2014
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We’ve talked about this.  Obama wants to kill jobs.  NH Democrats want to kill some jobs.  Make prices go up.  Reduce full-time opportunities.  Make it harder for new or unskilled people to find work.  Everyone knows what will happen, and still the Democrats persist.  They are willing to harm New Hampshire families to pad their […]

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State Controlled Wages – Who Actually Benefits?

by Steve MacDonald March 12, 2014
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New Hampshire Democrats think the government knows what an hour of labor is worth.  They think that because it does things that are good for Democrats and only Democrats. A State controlled wage  reduces competition by pricing out mom and pops and small business owners leaving larger companies unchallenged in the marketplace.  Yes, Democrats are […]

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The NH Democrats “War On Work”

by Steve MacDonald February 12, 2014

The cost of doing business has a direct effect on your ability to hire, retain, and reward employees.  The more time and money you must expend interfacing with the bureaucracy, and the army of flying compliance monkeys being waved out the castle window by successive Democrat run governments, the fewer resources you have left over […]

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NH Democrat Sylvia Larsen – “Hey, Let’s Scare Employers Away From and Out Of New Hampshire!”

by Steve MacDonald January 23, 2014
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Kimberly Morin has a very revealing piece at Examiner.com in which she parses NH Democrat Sylvia Larsen’s proposed Senate Bill SB207. Larsen, hewing to her progressive busy-body roots, is set on something she calls ‘paycheck equality,’ but as Morin observes, it is not just a ridiculous idea that attempts to patronize to populist ignornace to […]

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Data Point – 6.7% Unemployment Rate: not good news.

by Skip January 10, 2014

Official rate: Drop from 7.0 to 6.7% More accurate measure: 13.1% (U6) only 74,000 new jobs created (expected: 200,000) 525,000 workers have dropped out of the workforce, artificially decreasing the unemployment rate Labor participation rate dropped to 62.8% (back to Jimmy Carter days) (H/T: The Corner)

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If You Have No Clue How To Fix It – Just Try And Hide It

by Steve MacDonald January 9, 2014
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After five years of saying you fixed it, followed by ObamaCare–which will just make employment matters worse, this might send a message that you can’t fix it and should be replaced. Typically, the Unemployment Insurance program lasts for 26 weeks of unemployment with an additional 13 weeks during recessions.  Most of the cost is purveyed […]

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Our Recovery Is So Good…We Demand You Extend Unemployment Benefits

by Steve MacDonald January 8, 2014
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Snow and cold are a sign of global warming.   Income is a sign that you don’t pay enough taxes–unless you are a Democrat or in entertainment.  Opposition is a sign that you are a racist, a misognyst hater unless you oppose self-responsibility, affordable government, and low taxes (Republicans, or the TEA Party).   The Affordable […]

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The Ghosts of Minimum Wages Past, Present, and Future

by Steve MacDonald December 23, 2013
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New Hampshire Democrats, at both the state and federal level, are looking for a distraction from the lump of coal that Obama-Care put in America’s stocking this holiday season.  The misdirection they have settled on is an increase in the minimum wage. According to the Valley news local Democrats are looking to promote a state […]

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Why Not Raise the Minimum Wage to $100/Hour?

by Steve MacDonald December 6, 2013
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If employers had to pay even the least competent of their weak links a Benjamin an Hour we could make everyone rich almost overnight.  So why don’t the “We must raise the minimum wage” chest-pounding, axe-grinding, we-care-about-the-poor-more-than-you-proponents of increasing this arbitrary price point on the value of labor insist on it?  Because they know, deep […]

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Unions And Democrats Sacrificing More Entry Level Jobs on Their Progressive Alter

by Steve MacDonald December 5, 2013
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The professional union driven “strikes” being fomented by professional jack-asses around the nation are the culmination of several layers of manufactured failure and outrage.  First, the Democrats have been ruining the economy and expanding the part-time employment culture–that’s planned failure.  And now that these people feel trapped (as intended) the unions are organizing them to […]

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Pro-Obama Bureaucrats Manipulated Employment Numbers in Run Up To 2012 Election

by Steve MacDonald November 19, 2013
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Anyone who was not up to their eye-balls in the Blue Kool Aid already knew this was true while it was happening. The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post. Buckmon told me in an interview this past weekend that he was told to […]

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Data Point – More people not working than when Obama took office

by Skip October 22, 2013

The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation’s labor force has climbed to a record 90,609,000 in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   The BLS counts a person as participating in the labor force if they are […]

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Welcome….To the Real World

by Steve MacDonald October 11, 2013
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Yahoo News has a top story on how furloughed federal workers are getting bored.  It’s called ‘Shutdown Science: Furloughed Workers Feel the Burden of Boredom.’ Welcome to the real world. A world where tens of  millions have been unemployed so long they have stopped looking and left the workforce.  And yet, we’ve had no ‘science’ […]

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Data Point – there a reason why unemployment is so low – and it ain’t a good one

by Skip August 30, 2013

“a 34 year low” – the ONLY way that the 7.4% unemployment rate exists is because of the way it is computed.  It is this low because the unemployed, underemployed, and “have just given up” are not in this particular measure that Government normally touts.  The important number, the REALLY important one, is how many […]

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Is it a Recovery or is it a Coma? (Hint: It’s the Barack Obama/Jeanne Shaheen Coma!)

by Steve MacDonald August 24, 2013
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It is not a recovery unless by recovery you mean that we have been put into a coma…for reasons you are free to speculate on yourselves. “Household incomes are still down 4.4% since the recession ended four years ago…” “…the inflation-adjusted median household income remains $2,380 below where it stood when the Obama “recovery” officially […]

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Job Killer Remarks on Breaking Ground for New Job Corps Center in NH

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2013
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So we spent trillions more and added 7 trillion to the deficit, and all we ever really need was a Job Corps Center? WMUR “The Manchester Job Corps Center will equip low-income youth with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. The result will pay dividends for not only these young people […]

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I Dream Of Jeannie Shaheen – Sort Of…

by Steve MacDonald August 11, 2013

We’re always trying to create new audio that we hope you find amusing or that, at the very least, aggravates progressives.  With that in mind I took some basic information about unemployment and deficit spending combined them with “suitable” background music, to create a GrokTALK! PSA on New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Here’s a sneak […]

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A full time job makes one independent; what does a part time job do? Another manifestation of Cloward-Obama?

by Skip August 5, 2013

Yes, it makes you dependent on someone – or something, right?  Grokster Steve relates that under the Obama Administration, we are becoming a nation of part-timers.  Here is an infographic from The Corner: Obama owns this.  The Democrats own this.  The New Left (Socialists, Communists) own this.  Everyone that voted for Obama, to be their […]

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Makes Perfect Sense- Part-Time Employment-Nation Run by Part-Time President

by Steve MacDonald August 5, 2013

Yes, yes, we know the left promised good jobs with living wages for American families.  The left promised us we’d be under boiling seas as well–didn’t stop the limousine liberals from owning or spending slivers of their fortunes on beachfront property.  Obama Care was filled with more progressive promises than you can shake a multi-thousand […]

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