May 7, 2012

Is the Part-Time Workforce Re-emerging? (UPDATE: PJ Media Column on ‘April’s Awful Jobs Report’ Is Up)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:35 am

I’ve drafted a column for PJ Media which is in the queue, and whose publication date is unknown.

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UPDATE (cue the Sally Field send-up): They must have liked it. They must have really liked it. It’s up now. Thanks to the folks at PJ Media for reviewing it and putting it up so quickly.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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One thing I didn’t get to, partially due to lack of space but also because the disturbing data only showed up this month (and may not become a trend), is the reversal of growth in full-time employment according to the employment report’s Household Survey.

Seasonally adjusted, the number of full-time workers dropped by 812,000, while the number of part-timers increased by 508,000.

Each figure essentially reverses changes in the opposite direction in March, and puts us back to where we were in February. In the past 12 months, full-time employment is up by 2.13 million, while the number of part-timers is up by 191,000.

It may be that March was the outlier, that April moved things back to roughly where they really are, and that there’s no big shift going on. Or it may be that a pre-2013 meltdown is under way.

Stay tuned.

The Real Cable News Ratings Story

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:16 am

It’s not that CNN’s U.S. ratings are in free-fall, though they are.

It’s that Fox News outdraws CNN, MSNBC, and HLN combined on a 24-7 basis:

CableRatings050312

Yet the rest of the establishment press continually pretends that Fox is outside the mainstream and whines against its “fair and balanced” tagline.

Here’s a news flash for them: Fox, which FWIW is far from perfect, is the mainstream. You guys are the fringe.

CNN in particular is proving Rush’s long-held belief that the leftist press won’t change or even engage in self-evaluation until they’re dragged kicking and screaming from the microphones and creditors repossess the equipment and computers.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (050712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: The Mad Drummer – Steve Moore

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

Impressive — and fun:

Can your drummer do this?