October 21, 2015

AP Fails to Note 163,000-Job Difference Between National and State Jobs Reports

On October 2, the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that U.S. payroll employment increased in September by a seasonally adjusted 142,000 jobs. That was disappointing enough, but then the BLS’s regional and state report for September released on Tuesday showed a combined total of 21,000 jobs lost in all 50 states and DC.

In his coverage of the state report, the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber didn’t report this wide variance, even though the monthly national vs. total state difference is usually much smaller. The closest he got was reporting that more states lost jobs than gained them, which should have piqued his curiosity about how that result could happen when the nation somehow gained as many jobs as it did during the month, but apparently didn’t (bolds are mine):

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Positivity: Lisle woman says police, steel pole saved her life from intruder

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Lisle, Illinois:

updated: 10/11/2015 5:06 PM

Monica Liszka says she’s alive today thanks to a steel plumbing pole and the timely arrival of Lisle police.

The 59-year-old Lisle woman was home alone early Saturday morning when, police say, a man attempted to break into her residence in the 4400 block of Yender Avenue.

A steel pole Liszka says she bought at Home Depot because “I live by myself and I thought I heard somebody break into my house last year” was propped between her front door and the bottom of a stairway, keeping the would-be intruder at bay long enough for her to call for help.

Responding officers shot and killed the man in an ensuing confrontation, police said.

On Sunday, DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen identified the man as Anthony Aguilar, 35, of Lisle. Aguilar, according to the coroner’s office, died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the right lower chest.

“There has been no indication that the home invasion was anything but a random act,” Lisle police said in a news release.

Liszka, who has lived in the house for about 30 years, said she was asleep on a couch near the front door at about 5:13 a.m. Saturday when she heard footsteps on her porch.

“He ran up the stairs first. It was loud and fast,” she said Sunday.

Then she heard violent kicking against the front door. Unable to get past the steel pole, Liszka said, the intruder went to the back door. she said he first broke open the storm door, then began kicking at the main door, which was propped closed by another pole.

“I think he was a strong guy, he was kicking so violently,” she said. “I just thought that if he broke into my house he was going to kill me. He was so violently trying to get into my house.”

Liszka called 911 and, following a dispatcher’s instructions, locked herself in a bathroom as the man kept up his efforts to get into the home.

In addition to trying to kick in the doors, the man broke into her detached garage, and broke several windows in her vehicle, she said.

Eventually police arrived, and Liszka said she could hearing shouting between the man and officers, but couldn’t understand the words.

“The police on the phone told me (officers) are at your residence right now, but you need to stay in that bathroom locked,” she said. “Then I heard this shouting and ‘pop pop pop’.”

After several minutes, police told her she could come out. When she looked out the window, “(Aguilar) was laying by my back door, and his feet were facing the yard.”

Liszka, who said she does not know Aguilar, praised police for their quick response and their demeanor over the phone.

“They were absolutely wonderful on the phone,” she said. …

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