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    04/15/2014 5:58:37 AM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    BI ^ | 4-15-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    CORE INFLATION UNEXPECTEDLY RISES Matthew BoeslerApril 15, 2014, 8:30 AM      Inflation unexpectedly accelerated in March due to increased costs of food and shelter, according to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both the headline consumer price index and the "core" price index (which excludes food and energy prices) advanced 0.2% in March from the previous month, ahead of consensus estimates for a 0.1% rise in both series, matching February's pace. The year-over-year change in the core index rose to 1.7% from 1.6%, while the year-over-year change in the headline index was boosted...
  • The Part Time Presidents Part Time Jobs

    04/05/2014 6:48:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 5, 2014 | John Ransom
    Hooray, hooray! they said in print. 192,000 jobs were created last month according to the Department of Labors somewhat flawed mathematics that the media is eager to ignore. Because hidden inside that job gain is another disheartening sign for the workforce: the number of workers who could only find part-time jobs rose by 225,000. Leading the field in job creation, not surprisingly, was education and health services with 34,000 jobsthank you Obamacare-- the retail trade with about 22,000 jobsthank you Obamacare-- and temporary workers with 28,500 jobs thank you Obamacare. So the good news is that if youre independently...
  • The dirty little secret behind today's employment report

    04/04/2014 9:23:57 AM PDT · by cutty · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | APRIL 4, 2014 | Jeff Macke
    There's a dirty little secret buried in the monthly employment data. It's a secret so dark, so exquisitely threatening to the financial media industry that those who reveal it risk being expunged from the community like magicians revealing their tricks. The National Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 192,000 jobs were added to the economy in March. The unemployment rate stayed flat at 6.7%. The participation rate rose to 63.2%. Now the dirty secret: none of that actually matters very much. 1.The number itself is simply impossible to measure with any accuracy ... 2.The unemployment rate is irrelevant. ... 3.No...
  • The Next Age of Invention: Technologys future is brighter than pessimists allow

    03/31/2014 8:46:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2014 | Professor Joel Mokyr
    The statement everything that could be invented has been invented is frequently misattributed to the late-nineteenth-century American patent commissioner Charles Holland Duell. The Economist once credited him with the remark, and sites such as kool kwotes still reproduce it. In fact, Duell believed the opposite. In my opinion, he wrote at the turn of the century, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold. While...
  • The Note This Employee Left On A Locked Gas Station Door For His Tardy Boss Was Perfect

    03/29/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 73 replies ^ | march 29, 2014 | mike miller
    When the manager of a Michigan gas station failed to show up for work on time, her third-shift employee did what any of us would do; he left an angry note on the door, locked up and went home. Okay, most of us wouldneverdo it. But how awesome was it thathe did? The BP manager, who declined to be named, said she was running 30 minutes late because she slept through her alarm. The tardy manager also said she was surprised that Joe left the note on the door instead of calling her before leaving the store.
  • California's employment picture: Good news and bad news

    03/21/2014 1:05:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 21, 2014
    The good news is that with a recent surge of employment, California has regained virtually all of the million-plus jobs it lost during what many call the Great Recession. The bad news is that despite regaining those lost jobs, California still has one of the nation's highest jobless rates, surpassed by only a handful of other states, and it's still well above the national average of 6.7 percent. How can that be?
  • Study Shows Increased Minimum Wage's Destructiveness

    03/20/2014 4:46:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Jobs: The country's biggest employment agency warns that 38% of private employers will lay off workers if Congress raises the minimum wage. Once again, wage earners are the casualties of waging class warfare. The White House website's slick presentation on the minimum wage says: "No one who works full time should have to raise their family in poverty." And it promises: "It will lift wages for 28 million Americans. It will give businesses customers with more spending money. It will grow the economy for everyone and we can do it right now." Gee, if you don't like your wage,...
  • We're Starting To See Some Economic Green Shoots In The US

    03/13/2014 10:40:14 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2014 | Marc Chandler, Marc to Market
    We're Starting To See Some Economic Green Shoots In The US Marc Chandler, Marc to Market Mar. 13, 2014, 11:56 AMUS retail sales rose 0.3% in February, a little more than expected. The news was blunted by sharp downward revisions to the January series, leaving the level of retail sales lower and pointing to somewhat less personal consumption to drive GDP here in Q1. The take away is that as the weather returns to a greater semblance of normalcy, the US economy should be expected to return to trend. Since mid-2009, the US has grown at an average quarterly annualized...
  • Obama Overtime Directive Sure To Undermine Employment

    03/12/2014 4:38:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Imperial Presidency: The White House says it will constrain companies from deciding which workers are white-collar enough not to punch a time card for overtime. We need more jobs, not more job-killing regulation. 'America does not stand still, and neither will I" is how President Obama defends playing God with the law, instead of acting as a constitutionally constrained chief executive. His rationale is that "wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." From scrapping ObamaCare's mandates to disguising his health takeover's failure, to hiking the...
  • Economy Drags on Obama's Approval Ratings but Dont Look for Changes in Washington

    03/12/2014 4:24:52 PM PDT · by xzins · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Mar 2014, | Peter Morici
    The latest polls indicate a weak economy continues to drag down President Obamas job approval rating, but those hardly guarantee any big changes in Washington. Americans may want more jobs and better wages but they also support many of the presidents specific policies. Obamas recovery is hardly better, or worse, than President Bushs. Both only registered 2.3 percent GDP growth, whereas the economy expanded more than 4 percent annually for Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. The continuing mess in Manhattan is a joint venture of the Republican and Democratic Parties, as neither seems able to break loose from its campaign...
  • Hire like Google? For most companies, that's a bad idea

    03/11/2014 6:56:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 03/10/2014 | Christopher Chabris and Jonathan Wai
    The computer giant can afford to abandon traditional measures of intelligence. Most companies can't. Laszlo Bock, the head of human resources at Google, made quite a splash with his announcement last year that the technology firm has changed the way it hires people. Gone are the brainteaser-style interview questions that so many candidates abhorred. But also gone, it would seem, is any concern with discovering how smart applicants really are. "GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless.... We found that they don't predict anything," Bock told the New York Times. Let's take Bock at...
  • Are You Looking For A Job?

    03/10/2014 9:00:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 41 replies
    Are You Looking For A Job? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A JOB? Forum Board. Read the forums and/or post your jobs, questions, and comments. (Click Here.) ON THE INTERNET: ttp:// http://www.ClearedJobs.Net/ Note: is not associated with...
  • No jobs, no economy, no prospects for peace or life in US

    03/08/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by Bulwinkle · 19 replies
    .... No greater threat to life on earth exists than the utter fools in Washington. The American sheeple who belong in the streets more than the people in any other country are content to suck their thumbs while their government destroys not merely their economic future but also the prospect for life for themselves and their progeny.
  • California energy companies are getting the heck outta dodge and moving to Texas

    03/07/2014 4:50:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 7, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Texas Gov. Rick Perrys cross-country campaign to promote his states favorable tax and regulatory conditions and attract businesses and jobs throughout his tenure hasnt been based on him just talking the talk; Texas can absolutely walk the economic walk, too, as WaPo reports: Texas experienced stronger job growth than the rest of the nation from 2000 to 2013, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Not only that, a pair of researchers note in a Thursday research publication, but Texas leads the nation in creation of jobs at all pay levels, too. Texas has also created more good than...
  • just got laid off yesterday, would appreciate prayers

    03/05/2014 4:14:32 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 75 replies
    self | 03/05/2014 | racebannon
    just finished 6 months at a manufacturer, they are downsizing seasonally, I was an inspector on the production line, me and another inspector got it, more of the production crews are going to get laid off this week.
  • Democrats Try Wooing Ones Who Got Away: White Men

    03/03/2014 8:21:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 2, 2014 | JACKIE CALMES
    "..................What discourages Democrats is that mens attitudes shaped over generations through debates over civil rights, anti-Communism, Vietnam, feminism, gun control and dislocations from lost manufacturing jobs and stagnant wages in a global economy are not easily altered. Democrats are for a bunch of freeloaders in this world as far as Im concerned, said Gari Day, 63, an Avis bus driver from suburban Detroit. Republicans make you work for your money, and try to let you keep it. Michael Bunce, 48, buying parts at a Lowes in Southfield, Mich., first ascribed his Republican bias to fiscal matters, but quickly...
  • What Are the Best Excuses for Being Late to Work?

    02/27/2014 7:21:52 AM PST · by Focault's Pendulum · 90 replies ^ | February 26, 2014 9:00 PM | Steve Trevelise
    A new national survey by Careerbuilder,com puts traffic on top with 39 per cent of those surveyed. Theres nothing like that helpless feeling of sitting in traffic knowing youre going to be late for work. Next up, lack of sleep at 19 per cent, followed by problems with bad trabsportation at 8 per cent. 7 per cent blame the weather, 6 percent are late due to dropping children at daycare or school and fifteen per cent of employees of employees admit to arriving late for work at least once a week. But there are other more unusual excuses like
  • Oil & Gas Boom 2014: Jobs, Economic Growth And Security

    02/22/2014 12:04:17 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | by David Blackmon
    Despite all the climate-based hysteria put out into the public domain in recent weeks attacking the oil and natural gas industry (even the Weather Channel got into that act recently), three key factors continue to give policymakers pause about acting in ways that would negatively impact the ongoing boom. Those factors are: * Jobs; * Ancillary stimulative impacts on other industries; and * National Security. The reality for the United States is that the oil and natural gas industry has greatly enhanced the picture around all three of these critical factors in recent years, nowhere more than in my home...
  • Employees Petition MSNBC Hosts for Workplace Rights, Left-Wing Anchors Remain Silent

    02/21/2014 5:27:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 21, 2014 | Kyle Drennan
    As much as MSNBC's left-wing prime time hosts portray themselves to be on the side of the workers, none of the anchors have responded to 10,000 petitions delivered to the network on Thursday from NBC writers and producers demanding more workplace rights. Talking to TVNewser, Writers Guild of America East communications director Jason Gordon pointed out the hypocrisy of the liberal channel: "The company can't have it both ways – presenting the strong, progressive voices of the MSNBC hosts while at the same time depriving the [NBCUniversal] Peacock [Productions] employees of their own voices on the job." This is not...
  • White House adviser: Obamacare didnt kill jobs because people have been hired since it passed

    02/20/2014 9:41:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    White House health care adviser Phil Schiliro maintains that Obamacare cant be bad for jobs because some jobs have been created since it passed. You cant say the Affordable Care Act has killed job growth, Schiliro told an audience at a Kaiser Family Foundation presentation Wednesday. In the 46 months since it passed, over 8 million jobs have been created No one would say the Affordable Care Act created those jobs, but you cant say the ACA has killed job growth. Schiliros comparison presumes that were Obamacare damaging at all, it would have stopped job growth entirely including any...
  • Exclusive -- Cruz: Dont Turn Texas into a Liberal Swamp

    02/16/2014 10:41:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | February 16, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    The Texas story of jobs, growth, and opportunity should be a model to celebrate, yet, theres a new movement afoot to stomp out our enterprising spirit. Over the past decade, Texas has been an economic powerhouse. The state has created 3 out of every 10 American jobs over the last decade and recently surpassed California in tech export sales. Heck, even Jim and Pam fled Pennsylvania for Texas in search of a better life in the final episode of The Office. Today, political operatives are swarming the Lone Star State to turn Texas into a liberal swamp. At the same...
  • Amazon, Home Depot go on hiring sprees for spring (Over 80,000 jobs!)

    02/12/2014 7:09:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/12/2014 | Tiffany Hsu Inc. and The Home Depot Inc., both giants in their respective retail fields, are heralding the arrival of spring with major hiring surges. E-commerce king Amazon said it will take on more than 2,500 full-time workers in several states as the companys stable of fulfillment centers expands. The employees will be hired to pick, pack and ship customer orders at facilities in Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina, Washington and Tennessee. The online retailer said it hired more than 20,000 fulfillment center workers last year and that the median pay at the sites is 30% higher than the pay at traditional...
  • Treasury: Employers must self-attest OCare not behind staffing decisionsunder penalty of perjury

    02/11/2014 5:46:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 11, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Old and busted: Businesses will love ObamaCare for its cost savings in health care! New hotness: Businesses had better not make staffing decisions based on cost savings from ObamaCare-fueled price spikes! After its latest delay in implementing the employer mandate, the Obama administration rebuffed criticisms that the law incentivizes employers to shift to part-time work by announcing the Treasury Inquisition ahem, excuse me, the Treasury Attestation Department: The latest announcement comes after the administration heard from businesses about their concerns with the looming ObamaCare rules. However, the change is sure to raise more questions about the health and implementation...
  • Why employers say millennials cant get a job

    02/11/2014 12:14:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    KCRA-TV ^ | February 10, 2014 | Claire Doan
    A class that teaches you how to eat or even the basic social skills to get a job is it really necessary? Some companies think so, particularly for the generation of twenty-somethings and younger dubbed millennials. While they are undoubtedly social-media savvy, living their lives online in 140 characters or fewer, many of the younger potential workers lack very basic skills because of it, according to some employers. Writing skills -- people dont write as much as they used to. Theyre texting, so they forget to write in complete sentences and articulate their written skills professionally, said Jeff Dunn,...
  • State Dept. Finds No Environmental Objections Keystone XL Construction; Will Obama Approve it?

    02/07/2014 1:11:17 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-7-14 | Karla Jones
    On January 31, the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XS pipeline, concluding once again that its construction would have a net neutral effect on carbon emissions. The study also confirms that the pipeline itself would have little to no impact on Canadian oil sands extraction rates or on global oil consumption. Canada will continue to develop the oil sands and consumers will continue to buy oil for the foreseeable future with or without the Keystone XL. The relevant questions surrounding the pipelines construction are who will benefit from the development and transit of this...
  • It's 'Disturbing' How Fast The Unemployment Rate Is Falling

    02/07/2014 12:07:28 PM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 2-7-2014 | Rob Wile
    It's 'Disturbing' How Fast The Unemployment Rate Is Falling Rob WileFeb. 7, 2014, 10:50 AM Yikes. The unemployment rate is falling really fast. This morning, we learned it had declined to 6.6% the 23rd-straight month without an increase. As Brooking's and UMichigan's Justin Wolfers observes, the rate has dropped 1.3% over the past year an insane acceleration from 2012's decline of just 0.3%. "Only three other times in the past six decades has the unemployment rate fallen this far this fast: in the early 1950s, when growth averaged 6.7% per annum; in the late 1970s when GDP growth...
  • More Governments Aim to Ban Plastic Bags

    02/06/2014 1:19:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 35 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-6-14 | John Eick
    Think youre green? Not unless you ban or tax the common plastic bag that consumers use every day to carry their groceries, among other things. From California to Rhode Island, municipalities are considering or have enacted plastic bag bans or fees on consumers at the register when making a purchase. Reasons given for such restrictions to consumer choice are plenty, but the most common is that plastic bags are not recyclable (patently false), they take an excessive amount of natural resources and energy to manufacture (not true compared to alternatives) and they are the main culprit contributing to...
  • MORE GOOD NEWS! CBO Director Says O-Care Will Reduce Workers Wages (Video)

    02/05/2014 3:04:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 5, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    What a wonderful law. Thank you, Democrats. Thank you, Barack Obama. Not only will Obamacare kill off over 2.3 million jobs but it will reduce wages, too! Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf told a Congressional committee today that Obamacare will reduce workers wages. We expect as other analysts believe that over time costs that employers bare for their employees end up being borne by the employee in the form of lower wages. Terrific. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Its not as if Americans werent already suffering. Since Obama entered the White House US households have lost $4,019 in real income, a little...
  • Illinois Loses 80,000 Workers in One Year

    02/03/2014 4:45:57 PM PST · by bestintxas · 40 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/3/14 | j pollak
    President Barack Obama's home state, which has been governed by Democrats throughout his national political career, has slipped in the rankings and now has the third-worst unemployment rate in the nation. Though the jobless rate was the same in December 2013 (8.6%) as in December 2012, the state's labor force declined by a staggering 80,000 workers, according to Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute. Across the same period, the national unemployment rate fell by 1.3%--though that, too, was partly driven by an exodus of workers from the labor force, albeit less dramatic than in Illinois. Lucci observes: 'The state...
  • Brzezinski Befuddled By Idea Higher Hiring Costs Encourage Employers to Automate

    01/31/2014 5:15:57 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You really have to listen to Mika Brzezinski's voice rising as if in a question as she pronounces the very last word in an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal columnand watch the expression on her faceto appreciate how utterly baffled, befuddled and bewildered she seems by the simple notion that increasing the cost of hiring motivates employers to automate their operations. The column, "The Employee of the Month Has a Battery," noted that restaurant chains like Chili's are introducing tabletop ordering devices and eliminating server positions. Author Michael Saltsman makes the incontrovertible argument that "policy makers are encouraging the...
  • Crowdfunding Services Launches A New Website and Successful Facebook Campaign

    01/30/2014 4:38:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The International News Magazine ^ | January 30, 2014 | Jerry Scully
    Crowdfunding Services, a digital agency offering solutions to project creators, showing the difference between a good idea, and a good idea brought to life. Crowdfunding Services, a marketing services company offering solutions to project creators, announces a milestone for its business and Facebook page over 500 'likes' in 21 days. In the crowdfunding industry, social media is the name of the game, and can make the difference between getting funded and getting overlooked. is showing the difference between a good idea, and a good idea brought to life. That's not the only milestone of success. The Twitter account...
  • Obamas Free-Trade Conundrum

    01/30/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2014 | DAVID E. BONIOR
    WASHINGTON IN his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama focused on reversing the growth of economic inequality in the United States and restoring the American dream. At the same time, he also announced his support for fast track authority that would limit Congresss role in determining the content of trade agreements. The presidents call follows on legislation introduced earlier this month to grant him fast-track authority as a way of forcing Congress to speed up its consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation pact with Latin American and Asian nations. But Mr. Obamas desire for fast-track...
  • After unemployment benefit cuts, N.C. job boom continued into December

    01/28/2014 8:46:44 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 5 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 1/28/14 | David Freddoso
    ...The new payroll data show that North Carolina created another 11,100 jobs in December, which is 15 percent of what the nation as a whole added last month... We should not even be too surprised if, after half a decade of flops like the stimulus program and everything else President Obama has tried, we start to see people taking what jobs there are after benefits are cut.
  • Over A Quarter of All Households on Food Stamps Headed By Someone With At Least "Some" College

    01/28/2014 1:13:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Townhall / The Associated Press ^ | January 27, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    The Associated Press reported today that 28 percent of households that receive food stamps are headed by someone who has at least "some" college experience. In 1980, this figure was eight percent. Seven percent of households who receive food stamps are headed by someone with a bachelor's degree. In 1980, this figure was only at three percent....
  • Tacoma teen fired after wearing Broncos jersey to work

    01/22/2014 2:32:53 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 27 replies
    Fox Sports News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Any Nesbett
    Nathaniel Wentz is a 17-year-old kid who plays quarterback for his high school football team. He also works well, he used to work during his free time. Why did we say he used to work? Because he was fired from his gig at Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma, Washington after he wore a Broncos jersey to work last Sunday. Why was he wearing a Broncos jersey? Because his boss told employees that they could wear jerseys of their favorite teams to work since it was the day of the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Wentz's manager...
  • Hope and Change becoming Hopeless and Chagrin for young adults

    01/19/2014 10:49:15 AM PST · by usalady · 4 replies
    Exainer ^ | Jan. 19, 2014 | Martha
    If any proof was needed that young adults who supported Obama are disappointed the recently reported Young Misery Index suggests they are experiencing the reality of being heavily in debt with student loans and having few economic opportunities. The utopia they bought into is rewarding them with the inability to find full-time jobs and in many cases having to move back home and live under their parents scrutiny.
  • Obama weighing executive action on minimum wage hike

    01/16/2014 4:30:46 PM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2014 | Ben Goad
    President Obama is considering using his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, he told Senate Democrats during a closed meeting at the White House. [Snip] Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing for an across-the-board hike in the minimum hourly wage, from $7.25 to $10.10. But Republicans are cool to the plan, warning it could hurt the economy. Federal contractors represent only a fraction of the nations employees. Businesses that together received more than $446 billion in federal contracts employ some 2 million workers, only some of whom are paid the minimum wage. Still, an increase for...
  • Obama's Unemployment 'New Normal' Foretells A 'Lost Decade'

    01/14/2014 1:41:23 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    There was considerable weeping and gnashing of teeth over the December Employment Situation report released by the BLS on Friday. Analysts were expecting 200,000 new payroll jobs, but they got only 74,000. Some called the bad unemployment report a statistical anomaly. A quick look at the BLS Household Survey showed that, rather than being bad, December was actually a better-than-average month in President Obamas new normal economy. This is not a huge accomplishment, given that Obamas new normal comprises slow GDP growth, a stagnant jobs market, and falling real household incomes. However, the nation moved 133,000 jobs closer to full-time-equivalent*...
  • Texas nuclear power plants seek new workforce

    01/14/2014 5:36:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2014 | Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune
    "....Not everyone is equipped to operate and maintain a reactor, or to monitor radiation levels inside a plant and on its own employees. Nuclear energy officials feared they would soon lack the manpower to operate the country's current reactors as their licenses were renewed, let alone the new ones."It's at all levels, from the managers on down,"Koehl said of his company's needs, adding that specialty engineers and people with other industry-tailored skills are particularly hard to find.That includes Jesse Wells, who has coordinated 18 of STP's planned outages, the monthlong powering down of a reactor to refuel it and perform...
  • NY City Council Member Barron And Community Leaders Oppose Dennys in East New York

    01/13/2014 6:26:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Black Star News ^ | January 13, 2014 | Special to the Black Star
    Brooklyn - Council Member Inez Barron is opposed to her Council district being the site for Dennys Restaurant reported new location on Pennsylvania Ave between Linden Boulevard and Stanley Avenue. It is insulting for Dennys to seek to come into a community that is Black and Latino. Just as we fought successfully to keep Wal-Mart with a similar history of discrimination and low wage workers with minimal benefits from coming to our community, we will wage the battles necessary to keep Dennys out, Councilmember Barron says. "Dennys racist and discriminatory past cannot be ignored. In 1994, Dennys paid out an...
  • Black Labor Force Participation Rate Under Obama Hits Rock Bottom Lowest Level Ever Recorded

    01/13/2014 3:50:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 13, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor, FreeRepublic
    Five years in to Barack Obamas presidency, the number of African-Americans participating in the labor force has hit rock bottom. The news media has ignored this stunning revelation from Fridays monthly jobs report by the Labor Department. The exception has been PBS, which interviewed economist Dean Baker who had written about it in a report published Friday. The drop in labor force participation was sharpest for African Americans, who saw a decline of 0.3 percentage points to 60.2 percent, the lowest rate since December of 1977. The rate for African American men fell 0.7 percentage points to 65.6 percent, the...
  • Ohio Democrat Blames Republicans for 103 Million Americans Losing Their Unemployment Benefits

    01/13/2014 3:09:34 PM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2014
    State Sen. Nina Turner (D., Ohio) gave the impression Sunday on MSNBCs Melissa Harris-Perry that 103 million Americans had lost their unemployment benefits when they expired at the end of 2013, because of the Republican Party. If Turner was accurate, that would mean nearly one-third of the country is out of work. The correct figure was 1.3 million.
  • Are Americans Going Galt?

    01/12/2014 9:39:30 PM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Independent Women's Forum (IWF) ^ | 12 Janaury 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    Ninety-two million Americans are not in the work forcethey dont have jobs and they arent looking for jobs. These 92 million Americans arent just out of workthey are resigned to being out of work as a way of life. The ballooning numbers of Americans who are resigned to long-term joblessness inspired Roger L. Simon to suggest in a bleakly humorous piece over at PJ Media that Americans are going Galt: Tell all your Objectivist friends and the libertarian gang at Reason magazine to break out the champagne. Americans may have skipped the movie of Atlas Shrugged, nor have many read...
  • More Than Half Of December Jobs Added Were Temporary

    01/10/2014 9:31:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 10, 2014
    Once again, in its sheer panic to tout the quantity, or lack thereof, in the case of the December jobs number, the frenzied media and pundits completely ignored the quality of the jobs gained in the last month of December. Or lack thereof. Because as the simple breakdown below shows, of the 74K jobs gained in December, 55%, or 40K were the worst of the lot when it comes to wages or benefits: temporary jobs. As for the other job additions? Well, between Temp Help, and the bottom of the barrel paying Retail and Wholesale Trade jobs, the total additions...
  • People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels

    01/10/2014 6:50:50 AM PST · by Starboard · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 01/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%? The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%.
  • US Dec. nonfarm payrolls total 74,000 vs. 200,000 est.; unemployment rate at 6.7% vs. 7% est.

    01/10/2014 5:42:52 AM PST · by John W · 131 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 10, 2014 | Jeff Cox
    Job creation stumbled in December, with the U.S. economy adding just 74,000 positions even as the Federal Reserve voted to take the first steps in eliminating its stimulus program. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, below economist estimates and due primarily to continued shrinkage in the labor force. The labor force participation rate tumbled to 62.8 percent, its worst level since January 1978.
  • What happens when jobless benefits are cut? North Carolina may offer some clues?

    01/08/2014 2:49:15 PM PST · by freedom462 · 29 replies
    Capitol Report ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jeffry Bartash
    Last summer, North Carolina slashed the amount of cash it gave to people after they lost their jobs and the state also reduced the number of weeks they could receive benefits. Within several months, the unemployment rate fell a few ticks and by November it fell to a five-year low. Similar though less dramatic declines occurred in Georgia and South Carolina after they made benefits less generous starting in 2012.
  • 11 Nasty Trends That Will Test America's Resilience

    01/05/2014 1:02:23 AM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2014
    The resilience that has long been one of America's remarkable traits was on display in 2013. Not only did businesses create 2 million jobs, but the struggling economy actually grew and profits and stock prices soared to near-record levels. Still, five years into the Obama presidency, the economy is grossly underperforming. Contrary to the dominant media narrative, it's not bad luck or the financial crisis to blame, but bad policies from the $860 billion "stimulus" that didn't stimulate to the Dodd-Frank financial reform that killed lending. Last year was a challenging one for entrepreneurs and other productive Americans. No...
  • Should Your Minimum Wage Depend on Your Age? That's how they do it in Australia-Could it work here?

    01/04/2014 5:20:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jordan Weissmann, senior associate editor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Speaking on Fox News recently, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer proposed what, to many, might have sounded like a rather novel compromise on the minimum wage. His idea? We should have two of them, a higher minimum for "breadwinners," and a lower minimum for everybody else. Here was Krauthammer's thinking, paraphrased. It might be hard to feed a whole household on $7.25 an hour. But raising the minimum is most likely to hurt teenagers and minorities who rely on low-paid, entry-level jobs to get a foothold in the working world. So how do you lend a hand to hard-pressed families without...
  • Moving to Work (Should we help the poor move to where the jobs are?)

    01/04/2014 4:44:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    National Affairs ^ | The Winter 2014 Issue | Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders
    Between 1776 and 1890, when the U.S. Census Bureau famously declared the frontier closed, Americans who found themselves dissatisfied with their circumstances frequently loaded their worldly goods into wagons and started new lives as yeoman farmers in the ever-expanding West. These enterprising early Americans were driven by a frontier spirit, as Frederick Jackson Turner first described it, and this spirit has been a defining aspect of the nation and its character. The American willingness to pull up stakes and seek out a better life did not end after the West was settled. In fact, mobility only accelerated: When crop failures...