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Bikini Graph time! Job creation beat economists' predictions. #BlameObama

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It’s job creation time, which means it's time to bring back the Bikini Graph! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration. This comes to us from the Maddow Blog, courtesy of the wonderful Steve Benen:

bikini graph Feb 2014 overall

bikini graph Feb 2014 private sectorSteve Benen:

Today’s announcement was a more pleasant reversal – job creation exceeded modest expectations.

The new report from Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, beating economists’ predictions. The unemployment rate inched higher to 6.7%, though as we’ve discussed many times, that’s not the metric to watch.

This time around, the unemployment rate ticked up because more people were out there looking for work, a healthy sign. Another nugget of good economic news: The public sector added an unusually high 13,000 jobs.

You may recall that the GOP have been doing all they can to eliminate public sector jobs (aka *gasp!* government jobs held by teachers, postal workers, firefighters, police officers, public transit workers, etc.). Why? Well, for one thing, a lot of those jobs are held by union members, and union members tend to vote for Democrats. For another thing, they want to minimize those jobs because, well... government. Duh.

But there's one thing they can't eliminate, no matter how hard they try: Facts.

[O]ver the last 12 months, the U.S. economy has added over 2.15 million jobs overall and 2.19 million in the private sector. What’s more, February was the 48th consecutive month in which we’ve seen private-sector job growth.

And we all know what that means, right?

blame Obama 2For more analysis by Benen, follow the link.

Our own David Garber's take on the jobs report can be found here.

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Bikini Graph time! 203,000 jobs added in Nov., unemployment falls to 7%, a 5-year low #BlameObama

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It’s time to bring back the Bikini Graph! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration. This comes to us from the Maddow Blog, courtesy of the wonderful Steve Benen:

bikini graph private sector Dec 2013 bikini graph Dec 2013 overall economy

The unemployment rate dropped from 7.3% to 7%. Oh my. Whatever will the GOP do now? I mean other than smear, attack, and lie relentlessly.

Benen:

[T]he totals from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were even better than expected.

According to the new BLS report, the U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November, ahead of economists’ predictions. In a pleasant change of pace, the public sector did not drag down the overall figures – the private sector added 196,000 jobs, while the public sector, which has hemorrhaged jobs in recent years, added 7,000. [...]

[S]o far in calendar year 2013, the economy has added 2.07 million jobs, which puts the U.S. on pace for the best year for job creation since before the 2008 crash. Indeed, this year is on track to the best for jobs since 2005, and the second best since 1999.

bamNow let's take a look at the Fox Biz news alert headline that was very visible in my very full inbox:

Consumer Sentiment Blows Past Estimates in December

What?!

Oh, do go on....

According to a gauge from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 in December from 75.1 in November, handily beating Wall Street’s estimate of a reading of 76. December’s reading was the highest since July.

Fox has always been notable for its accuracy in reporting, so who are we to challenge those numbers?

For more analysis by Benen, follow the link.

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Bikini Graph time! Job growth picks up steam, 204,000 jobs added! #BlameObama

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bikini itsy bitsyIt’s time to bring back the Bikini Graph! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration. This comes to us from the Maddow Blog, courtesy of the wonderful Steve Benen:

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According to the new BLS report, the U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs in October, double economists’ expectations. The private sector added 212,000 jobs – the second best total of the year thus far.

The overall unemployment rate inched higher, from 7.2% to 7.3%, though as we’ve discussed many times, that’s not uncommon when job creation picks up.

Even better still are the revisions... a combined 60,000 additional jobs that had been previously unreported... [This year] the economy has added 1.86 million jobs, which puts the U.S. on pace for the best year for job creation since before the 2008 crash.

Can you imagine how much better this report would be had the GOP government shutdown not happened? And how much better off we'd all be? But in spite of all the Republican sabotage, the economy is plugging along and we had some unexpected job growth.

Boy howdy, will this ruffle a few GOP feathers! But oh wait, nobody's talking about good news. Everyone's too busy buzzing about the president's apology, the rocky Affordable Care Act roll out, and Chris Christie, Chris Christie, Chris Christie.

This is positive stuff, people. Smile.

For more analysis by Benen, follow the link.

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Bikini Graph time! 169k new jobs, jobless rate dips to 7.3%, Obamacare not "significantly hindering job growth"

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It’s time to bring back the Bikini Graph! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration. This comes to us from the Maddow Blog, courtesy of the wonderful Steve Benen:

bikini graph September 2013 overall

bikin graph September 2013 private sector

The new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs in August, which is roughly in line with expectations. After years of public-sector layoffs serving as a drag on the overall economy, we're starting to see a slight turnaround -- the private sector added 152,000 jobs last month, while the public sector added 17,000 jobs. That may seem like a fairly modest number, but it's the most in recent memory.

The overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.3%, which is the lowest it's been in nearly five years, but it's not evidence of good news -- it ticked down largely because of people leaving the workforce [...]

All told, so far in calendar year 2013, the economy has added 1.44 jobs overall, and 1.47 million in the private sector.

For more analysis by Benen, follow the link.

Earlier Paddy posted "Video- Fox's Stuart Varney Previews Jobs Report By Pushing Myth About Obamacare Causing Part-Time Employment." When in doubt, blame Obama, right Stewy?

He should have checked out this Los Angeles Times report. It's an assessment of the Affordable Care Act's effect on the economy from Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics:

Zandi said the labor market was holding up well despite the drag from the automatic federal spending cuts and implementation of the healthcare reform law. Although there would be more hiring without those two factors, he said there's no indication they are significantly hindering job growth.

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Bikini Graph time! Unemployment rate reaches lowest point in nearly 5 years

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It’s time to bring back the Bikini Graph! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration. And today we get a bonus graph, courtesy of the wonderful Steve Benen:

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Incidentally, the other main Republican talking point on jobs for much of Obama's first term was that the net total of jobs gained on the president's watch is zero. It was always a ridiculous argument -- it was predicated on the assumption that Obama deserved the blame for the jobs lost a couple of weeks after his inauguration -- but it looks even sillier now. To date, the net gain for jobs under Obama is about 2.1 million overall and nearly 2.8 million in the private sector.

And here are the Bikini Graphs. The Maddow Blog has more details. Benen starts by calling the jobs report "underwhelming" because the 162,000 jobs added in July were below expectations. However, there was a glimmer of positive news, too:

bikini graph August 2013 overall

bikini graph August 2013 private sector

In a rare sight, public-sector layoffs were not a drag on the overall totals -- the private sector added 161,000 jobs, while the public sector added 1,000 jobs. (In recent years, the public sector ordinarily sheds several thousand jobs per month). The overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.4%, but largely because of people leaving the workforce. [...]

We're steadily adding jobs every month at rates above population growth, but we're seeing neither a hiring boom nor a deteriorating employment landscape. It's just ... leveled off.

Money quote (no pun):

Republican leaders remain committed to sequestration cuts that are holding back job creation on purpose, and are focused primarily on spending bills that punish those already struggling.

I made similar points here: Boehner wants Pres. Obama to destroy a growing economy.

So far this year, 1.34 million jobs were added overall, 1.37 million in the private sector.

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Chart: Economic growth exceeds expectations

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No thanks to the GOP. Via a Fox Biz email alert:

A report from payroll processor ADP shows the U.S. private sector tacked on 200,000 jobs in July, beating expectations of 180,000.

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Via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog, where there is more info:

Of course, this morning's report would have shown GDP growth over 2% had it not been for reductions in government spending, mandated by conservative policymakers who believe the recovery will be stronger if they weaken it by taking capital out of the economy. The caveat to this is that conservative austerity measures at the state and local levels appears to have come to an end, which helps mitigate the deliberate damage done by congressional Republicans.

Incidentally, this is also the report that revises previous GDP estimates, and it now appears the economy grew at a 2.8% annual rate in 2012, up from the previous 2.2% estimate.

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Jobless claims fall #BlameObama

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Fox Biz is reporting this, so it must be true, because, as everyone knows, Fox is known for its accuracy. Via an email alert:

The Labor Department reports claims for first-time jobless benefits fell to 334,000 from a downwardly revised 358,000. Economists expected claims to fall to 345,000 from an initially reported 360,000.

At the risk of sounding upbeat, yay! There. I said it.

We have a long way to go, but month after month, there are up arrows on the good ol' Bikini Graph, which is a positive development. I repeat, a positive development. And boyoboy, do we need positive developments these days.

I have nothing more to say. Oh, except... wait for it...

#BlameObama

Oh, but I kid the blamers....

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