April 4, 2019

Thursday (Moderated) Open Thread (040419)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. The Catholic numbers here are unacceptable. What have we become?


    Comment by Jim — April 4, 2019 @ 9:15 am

  2. US weekly jobless claims drop to the lowest level since 1969


    Comment by dscott — April 4, 2019 @ 4:47 pm

  3. Not in Labor Force stats looking good:


    Click the 10Y year chart to get an idea of how Trump has bent the curve on people being frozen out the work place.

    Comment by dscott — April 4, 2019 @ 5:02 pm

  4. SNAP rolls continue decline:


    Dec 2018 latest figure down to 37,911,631 people on assistance. That’s almost 5 million people no longer qualifying for SNAP since Trump took office in Jan 2017. And probably why the median household income continues to rapidly rise, they were pulling down the curve.

    ernate Estimates of Median Household Income


    nice chart btw.

    Comment by dscott — April 4, 2019 @ 5:10 pm

  5. Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary


    Job Openings

    7.581 million in Jan 2019 versus 6.591 million in Jan 2018. A soft economy my eye…

    April 9th is the next release date.

    Hey you, yes I’m talking to you lazy managers, get off your butt and start training people, you can’t just cherry pick from other companies anymore.

    Btw – just this little ditty for the cheap skate skin flints to consider:

    About 280 workers arrested in ICE raid at Allen technology business


    ICE is picking up the pace on you cheap skates, it’s going to cost you big time and next time it’s jail for you.

    Just so you understand I’m all about solving the problem and not just pointing the figure, here is the Metropolitan Area Unemployment Report, start recruiting here at the bottom of the list, lots of people want to work and will move if you make an offer:


    Yuma, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area 12.3%

    Ocean City, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area 13.0%

    El Centro, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 17.4%

    Heck, most of California is fertile recruiting ground.

    Comment by dscott — April 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

  6. Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey


    btw – the employment ratio of working people at 60.7% is back up above 2009 levels of 59.3%. The percent of population ratio is rising nicely at 63.2%. Target here would be the 66 to 67% numbers we were use to seeing before Obama’s narrative miracle of created or saved jobs.

    Comment by dscott — April 4, 2019 @ 5:41 pm

  7. That is appalling (sorry for delayed response).

    The survey is before the recent de facto infanticide legalizations. If those don’t shake these pretend-Catholics up, nothing will.

    Comment by Tom — April 6, 2019 @ 9:53 am

  8. Really expected more improvement in the SNAP numbers during the past two years. They’re still way, way above pre-recession levels, probably because many states which suspended asset and income restrictions when the recession hit have never restored them.

    Comment by Tom — April 6, 2019 @ 9:56 am

  9. That graph shows REAL median income up by about 4.5 percent since Trump took office in Jan. 2017.

    IOW, median income FINALLY, after over 20 years, busted through the ceiling and has kept going ever since.

    So now the question is whether the left can talk the economy down and constrain it enough in the states they control to ruin it.

    Comment by Tom — April 6, 2019 @ 10:03 am

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