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Private Sector Adds 238,000 Jobs in December #BlameObama


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As David's "GOP To Starving Unemployed: Live With It. I'm Getting My Nails Done" pointed out, the GOP isn't interested in helping Americans get jobs.

Despite their reluctance, there are glimmers of good employment news, and (!) Fox Biz (!) is the one bringing them to us. Because Da Foxers are just. That. Good.

Now, I realize how you all clamor for more reporting from Fox, and believe me, I scrounge around for all the ClusterFoxisms I can, because they are clearly an impeccable, consistently reliable source for right wing propaganda honest news stories.

After some digging around in my inbox, I found an example of their exemplary work:

A report from payroll processor ADP shows 238,000 private-sector jobs were added in December, well above estimates of 200,000.

See? See how they sneaked in a professionally and accurately reported newsflash? Isn't that just like them, those scamps.

I am now removing my firmly implanted tongue from my cheek.

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New Home Sales Surge in October, Private Sector Adds 215K Jobs in November #BlameObama


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I know, I know, I'm quoting another email alert from Fox Business News, but hey, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Besides, we all trust Fox the way we would our own best friends. And by best friends I mean prison inmates.

But I digress.

Did I mention there was some good economic news today? Did you see any of this reported by the "mainstream" news media? Hey, me neither!

A-a-and we're off!

The American private sector added 215,000 jobs in November, according to a report from payroll processor ADP. Economists expected a slimmer gain of 173,000.

The Commerce Department reports sales of new, single-family homes jumped 25.4% in October from the month before to an annual rate of 444,000 units, topping expectations of a 428,000-unit rate. The spike was the biggest since 1980.

So there.


Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, Private Sector Jobs Rise, Service Sector Unexpectedly Picks Up #BlameObama


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Yes, Fox Biz sent me this email, and yes, I believe them. I'm not sure why, but I do:

The Labor Department reports the number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits fell to 323,000 last week from an upwardly revised 332,000 the week prior. Economists expected claims to fall to 330,000 from an initially reported 331,000.

The private sector added 176,000 jobs in August, according to a report from payroll processor ADP. The number missed expectations of 180,000.

The Institute for Supply Management’s gauge of non-manufacturing activity in August came in at 58.6 from 56 the month prior. Economists expected a reading of 55. The new orders component was the highest since February 2011.

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U.S. adds "considerably more" private sector jobs than economists expected, weekly jobless claims fall


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If Fox Biz says it, it must be true, right? Via an email alert, some upbeat news adding a few details to what Paddy posted earlier:

The American private sector added 188,000 jobs in June, according to payroll processor ADP. The gain is considerably larger than the 160,000 economists expected.

The number of individuals applying for first-time jobs benefits fell to 343,000 last week from an upwardly revised 348,00 the week prior. Economists expected claims to fall to 345,000 from an initially reported 346,000. The report comes a day early this week as a result of the Independence Day holiday.

Wall Street capped the shortened trading day with modest gains as market participants overcame mixed data and ongoing turmoil in global markets. The Dow climbed 53 points, or 0.35%, while the broader S&P 500 ticked up 0.07%.

Say it with me now: #BlameObama

Now about those public sector jobs...


Private Sector Adds 135K Jobs in May


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Earlier today, Paddy posted Quickie- Gallup: U.S. Job Creation Best in Five Years. Here's an excerpt:

The net job creation score is based on 37% of workers telling Gallup that their employer is hiring new people and expanding the size of its workforce, and 15% saying their company is letting people go and reducing the size of its workforce. The percentage “hiring” is the highest since August 2008 and the percentage “letting people go” is the lowest since March 2008.

Workers across many regions and in various groups are giving Gallup some of the best job creation reports in five years

Here's a short update, via an email alert from Fox Biz:

The ADP National Employment Report shows the U.S. private sector added 135,000 jobs in May, missing expectations of 165,000 being created.

Yes, they missed expectations. But also yes, jobs were added in May. Key word: Added.


VIDEO: "We have never cut government jobs when we were trying to save the economy. Until this time."


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Rachel Maddow poignantly addresses who exactly the people are who Republicans insist on firing, on laying off, on eliminating sources of steady work, on denying employment, income, and therefore health care and education opportunities. Those people for whom many on the right show such obvious disdain are public sector workers who have (or had) jobs as real as any private sector workers have (or had).

Yet the GOP has reveled in slashing "government workers" as if they are something less than, as if their jobs aren't really jobs at all, as if there is something inherently inferior about what they do to get by.

And by get by I mean feel secure, and by feel secure I mean also offer the rest of us a degree of security by way of the services they provide to this country.

But busting unions and privatizing America is the goal of those on the right. Their priority? Profits over people. Power. Livelihoods and economic "certainty" be damned. Oh, and of course, denying President Obama any victories ever at the risk of assuring him a legacy of *gasp!* success (too late).

An appreciation by Rachel Maddow:

"We have never cut government jobs when we were trying to save the economy. Until this time."

"Good luck, officer, see you around!"

"We lionize and celebrate the people who teach us our multiplication tables and fix our streets and keep us safe at night and rescue us from fires. We lionize and celebrate them justly as we should, and then in record numbers, we can them, [!] hurting them and hurting us as a country. Not every public sector worker's gonna win the Medal of Valor like those eighteen heroes did at the White House today.

"But there is reason to appreciate them, both in the heroic individual specific, and in the aggregate, for what they do for us every day."

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VIDEO-- Paul Krugman destroys Fiorina talking points: "Don’t think about bureaucrats....We’ve laid off 100s of 1000s of school teachers."


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In my post Bikini Graph time! Once again, jobs were ADDED, revisions way up. #BlameObama, I quoted Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog:

The unemployment rate was effectively unchanged at 7.9%, and as is often the case, austerity measures undermined the employment landscape

— while America’s private sector added 166,000 jobs in December, the public sector lost 9,000 jobs. Indeed, over the last three months, the nation’s private sector added 624,000 jobs, while 24,000 government jobs were lost.

It’d be easy for Washington to improve the latter number and lower the unemployment rate, but congressional Republicans won’t allow it

As I've previously written, check out public sector job numbers under both Bush and Obama. Somehow under W, rising public sector employment was okay with the GOP, but if the Dems want to hang on to those jobs, it’s some kind of Kenyan Marxist commie union thug plot to destroy America:

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The GOP wants government to shrink, aka firing government workers. Which of course means firing employed people who bring home paychecks that are used to pay for things, which, in turn, boost the economy.

That would make President Obama look good, and Republicans can't have that.

If all those public sector workers had not lost their jobs, there would be over a million more people employed, which of course would bring the unemployment rate down substantially.

That said, check out this video and transcript, courtesy of Think Progress:

CARLY FIORINA: I think it’s important to remember, when we talk about the economy, that a private sector job and a public sector job are not the same things. They’re not equivalent. I’m not saying public sector jobs aren’t important. But a private sector job pays for itself. A private sector job creates other jobs. A public sector job is paid for by taxpayers. [...]

PAUL KRUGMAN: But when we say public sector jobs, it is not a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.

FIORINA: Oh, it is, actually.

KRUGMAN: When we talk about public sector jobs — when we look at the ones that have been lost in large numbers in this — it’s basically school teachers. Don’t think about bureaucrats. It’s school teachers. What we’ve laid off hundreds of thousands of school teachers.

And when we talk about the cuts in public spending that have happened, they are not, you know, some god awful who knows what. It’s actually public investment. It’s largely fixing potholes and repairing bridges.

So, you know, you have this image of these wasteful bureaucrats doing god knows what. What we’ve seen is an incredible drought of basic infrastructure, and laying off hundreds of thousands of school teachers.

FIORINA: It is a fact that virtually every department in every organization in Washington, D.C. has seen its budget increase for the last 40 years. That money is being paid to hire people. The number of people who are — of course there are some teachers…

KRUGMAN: The vast bulk of public sector employees are at the state and local level. They are largely school teachers plus police officers plus firefighters. And your notion that it’s all these bureaucrats — that’s a myth that’s used…

FIORINA: It’s not a myth, it’s a fact. It’s not a myth, it’s a fact. We don’t have enough private escort job creation.

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