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236,000 jobs created in February

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Washington Post, March 8, 2013: U.S. economy adds 236,000 jobs in February; jobless rate falls to 7.7 percent

    The US economy added 236,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent, a four year low. Businesses are showing more confidence, despite all the politics going on in Washington.

    Hiring is averaging more than 200,000 per month since November and wages have gone up. Jobs gains in construction were the best in six years.

    The private sector added 246,000 jobs but government shed 10,000 jobs. Despite the good news, still millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed or working jobs that don't match their skills.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote: Washington Post, March 8, 2013: U.S. economy adds 236,000 jobs in February; jobless rate falls to 7.7 percent

    The US economy added 236,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent, a four year low. Businesses are showing more confidence, despite all the politics going on in Washington.

    Hiring is averaging more than 200,000 per month since November and wages have gone up. Jobs gains in construction were the best in six years.

    The private sector added 246,000 jobs but government shed 10,000 jobs. Despite the good news, still millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed or working jobs that don't match their skills.
    I guess it could have been even better if the snowstorms would have been less and of course still the Sandy aftermath. If I see all the "snowbirds" here, then I think they all stole our Florida jobs and are ruining our roads and beaches, so I'll suffer in the exhaust gas laden sunshine.
  • Democrat
    Madison, WI
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    They must all be in Wisconsin right ?

    Scottie Watties laser beam to jobs :(.................
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    Dutch,
    Winter is far less scary than hurricane season. Spring is better after a hard winter. Contrast. There are no poison filled critter because summer is so short all must rush to bring in the next generation. No time for genetic warfare. I have lived all over the place will call the great white north home forever.

    There is no such thing as inclement weather only inappropriate clothing.
  • Center Left
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    Nice comments Gems.
    As far as Sandy Hook taking jobs away, I wonder if that's the case. Are the number of jobs lost there less than or greater than the number of new jobs related to the rebuilding ?
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    TJ Wrote: Nice comments Gems.
    As far as Sandy Hook taking jobs away, I wonder if that's the case. Are the number of jobs lost there less than or greater than the number of new jobs related to the rebuilding ?
    Did you live in Ohio in the winter of 78-79? If so then that must have been the spring most waited for. Because that winter takes the cake here in southeast Michigan as well.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    A breakdown of the jobs added by sector:

    CNBC, March 8, 2013: Job Creation Surges as Rate Falls to 7.7%

    Service industries +73,000
    Construction +48,000
    Health care +32,000
    Retail +24,000

    Government -10,000

    What is holding back a more robust jobs growth is "government austerity" imposed by the House Republicans. George Bush's jobs numbers would have been negative for his entire eight year term except that he "grew government." The private sector job growth under Bush was negative.

    We still need passage of Obama's proposed Jobs Act, but Republicans refuse to act on that one.
  • Center Left
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    GemsWoven Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: Nice comments Gems.
    As far as Sandy Hook taking jobs away, I wonder if that's the case. Are the number of jobs lost there less than or greater than the number of new jobs related to the rebuilding ?
    Did you live in Ohio in the winter of 78-79? If so then that must have been the spring most waited for. Because that winter takes the cake here in southeast Michigan as well.
    Yeah,
    I've lived here all of my life. I remember that winter. Boy it was a severe winter. You're right.... that spring was very much welcomed.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I believe these employment figures are always bogus and are usually employed to bolster a particular opinion, when those receipents run out of benefits they are then no longer counted as unemployed but are still unemployed nonetheless.Many do work under the table so to speak because the can't subsist on unemployment, which again goes to allowing a false counting of jobs. This practice of counting unemployment figures as a means test for the economy is just smoke and mirriors and its just not the democrats who do this , the Republicans also are guilty of the same tactics.
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    johnnycee Wrote: I believe these employment figures are always bogus and are usually employed to bolster a particular opinion, when those receipents run out of benefits they are then no longer counted as unemployed but are still unemployed nonetheless.Many do work under the table so to speak because the can't subsist on unemployment, which again goes to allowing a false counting of jobs. This practice of counting unemployment figures as a means test for the economy is just smoke and mirriors and its just not the democrats who do this , the Republicans also are guilty of the same tactics.
    Job creation calculated differently that unemployment is. Why do you mix the two up?
  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote: Nice comments Gems.
    As far as Sandy Hook taking jobs away, I wonder if that's the case. Are the number of jobs lost there less than or greater than the number of new jobs related to the rebuilding ?
    Sandy Hook? I meant the hurricane!!
  • Center Left
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    I meant the storm also. I misused the word Sandy Hook instead of Sandy. My bad.
  • Democrat
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    Even if the number of new jobs (almost 100% construction) exceeds the number of lost jobs, the vast majority of them are only temporary, or else they are workers that already had jobs but were re-assigned to this specific area for this rebuild. It is hard for me to see where this devastation could have created any permanent new jobs by itself. The one big problem/issue is how fast and complete can this rebuild happen? Those who were displaced and/or lost jobs are the ones who will suffer until the return to anything like normalcy. The only hope we have is the resiliency and strong wills exhibited by the American people. I truly believe they will overcome adversity and win the battle in the long run.
  • Democrat
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    I don't mix them up, both are used as political statements to boltster or denigrate a certain party or Administration, the bottom line is that they ( the ones dropped off the official count because of their benefits expiring) are still unemployed, hence a false /incorrect unemployment figure, those that work under the table are not counted as having a job although they do take away from the count of a job, again a false count is generated. Therefore both counts are bogus.
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    michaels39301 Wrote: Even if the number of new jobs (almost 100% construction) exceeds the number of lost jobs, the vast majority of them are only temporary, or else they are workers that already had jobs but were re-assigned to this specific area for this rebuild. It is hard for me to see where this devastation could have created any permanent new jobs by itself. The one big problem/issue is how fast and complete can this rebuild happen? Those who were displaced and/or lost jobs are the ones who will suffer until the return to anything like normalcy. The only hope we have is the resiliency and strong wills exhibited by the American people. I truly believe they will overcome adversity and win the battle in the long run.
    What I'm missing is the promise of Obama to do something about our infrastructure like bridges, high speed rail and pothole free roads; if we would quit spending money on bottomless pits like the F35 or new drones, I guess that would be nice to boost employmen.t