unemployment

The slow climb

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March 4, 2011
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It’s a long way out of the Bush Hole, but you can almost see daylight. The February job report shows 220,000 private sector jobs were created, despite the job-killing Obamacare albatross. A long, long way to go and not as fast as anyone would like (excluding the GOP), but the trend and the number “8″ in front of the unemployment rate are at least somewhat promising:

(Net private sector jobs lost/gained, Red is Bush, Blue is Obama)

Yarmuth addresses the GOP "construction ban"

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February 16, 2011
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The House Republicans (who are all about jobs, jobs, jobs, you know) are pushing H.R.1, which will cut $61 billion from current federal spending.

What does that mean for Kentucky, Louisville in particular? Here’s Congressman Awesome:

More from the CJ:

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, said that one small provision in the GOP measure, if passed, could halt construction in areas such as Louisville where emissions permits are required.

He said the area’s construction would be endangered by a section in the bill that would bar the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from approving or denying emission-related permits for such projects. Instead, that authority would be given to local officials.

However, Jefferson County does not yet have an EPA-approved regulatory process, and the EPA would be stopped from approving that as well under the Republican bill, he said.

In effect, the measure “would impose a de facto construction ban in Jefferson County,” Yarmuth wrote in a letter to Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-1st District, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s energy and power subcommittee.

Sure, we’ll lose jobs, but what will we gain in terms of Liberty?

Also, what Keith Ellison says:

Rand Paul says he’s "leaning against" the Obama-McConnell deal

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December 9, 2010
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Don’t get him wrong, Rand Paul likes the idea of borrowing money from China to give to American millionaires. He just doesn’t like the idea of preventing unemployed people from losing their home, not paying their gas bill, or not having enough for their children to eat this holiday season. Liberty!

“The most important thing government can do right now for the economy is to extend the Bush tax cuts. I would be for extending them permanently…If you’re going to extend and add new tax cuts, you should couple them with cuts in spending. Instead, we’re coupling them with increases in spending and I think that’s the wrong thing to do.

“So I’d be leaning against voting for it.”

That’s right, even though Kentucky ranks in the top 5 states in the country in percentage of children with an unemployed parent (1 in 8), it’s new Senator-elect wants to stick it to them, even though he’s getting his “most important thing” (borrowing from China to give to rich Americans).

Liberty!

What the failure to extend unemployment insurance means for Kentucky

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December 2, 2010
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In non-dinosaur riding news, here’s word from the White House on what it will mean for Kentucky if Republicans and the Blue Dogs continue to block the extension of unemployment insurance:

WASHINGTON—Failure by Congress to act on extending unemployment benefits will have stark consequences for Kentucky residents, according to a new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Over the course of the next year, nearly seven million workers across the country – including 81,005 in Kentucky – will lose the temporary support that helps them keep food on the table and make ends meet while they search for a job if Congress fails to act.

“Extending this support to those hardest hit by this crisis is not only the right thing to do, it’s the right economic policy,” said CEA Chairman Austan Goolsbee. “Letting millions more Americans fall into hardship will hurt our economy at this critical point in our recovery and immediately undermine consumer spending.”

Without extended benefits, Kentucky would have had 9,723 fewer jobs as of September 2010, and failure to act to extend benefits again could cost the state 7,146 jobs by the end of next year.

Benefits for the jobless are particularly important during the holiday season. In addition to providing support for families when they need it most, the positive effects of the program on the economy are likely to be greater since American families tend to spend more during the holiday season. In December alone, two million Americans will lose their coverage if Congress fails to act, the report finds.

Sorry, Kentucky. We only spend money on things that matter, like giving $37.5 million in tax breaks to a group that teaches children that Jesus rode on the back of a saddled dinosaur. Bah Humbug, I guess.

Meet your new Liberty overlords

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November 19, 2010
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Here’s your new House Labor Committee chairman John Kline telling us that with 9% unemployment, extending jobless benefits isn’t a priority:

Also, Mike Huckabee says that it’s totally cool to ignore the law.

Also, the Pope is a communist.

Also, you should definitely read Think Progress every day.

The GM Victory

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November 19, 2010
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Now if we can just find a political party that knows how to promote and sell it’s own victories to the people who benefit from them.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

The Rising

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May 7, 2010
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Facts are so mean to Liberty sometimes…

Hometown Jobless Woes and Beyond

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March 20, 2009
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From the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer:

Daviess County’s jobless rate hit a 17-year high of 8.6 percent in January — putting 4,178 people in unemployment lines.

That’s the highest rate here since 9.2 percent in February 1992.

But as high as the local rate was, it was still the fourth-lowest in western Kentucky.

More than half of Kentucky’s 120 counties reported double-digit unemployment rates in January.

And February’s rates are expected to be even higher — especially in Daviess County, where at least 240 workers lost their jobs in four announced layoffs during the month.

Statewide, the jobless rate rose in all but one county — Martin, which stayed the same at 8.7 percent.

Twelve Kentucky counties reported that more than one worker in seven was unemployed and looking for a job.

Menifee County had the state’s highest rate at 17.7 percent. Trigg County had western Kentucky’s highest — and tied for the state’s third-highest — at 15.6 percent.

Fayette had the state’s lowest rate at 6.3 percent. McCracken had western Kentucky’s lowest — and tied for the state’s fourth-lowest — at 7.6 percent.

Two Owensboro-area counties reported double-digit unemployment. Muhlenberg was at 10.6 percent and McLean, 10 percent.

Hancock had the region’s lowest rate at 8 percent.

Frightening. No commentary, so here’s a song.

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