Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

America’s job losses are permanent

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Full story here from Paul Craig Roberts via Counterpunch.

Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism’s advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter’s discredited finding of several years ago that jobs offshoring by US corporations increases employment and wages in the US. (more…)

Our economy is an insane asylum run by lunatics

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Full story here from ZeroHedge.

Common Sense: No problem can be fixed before a solution is formed. No solution can be formed until the underlying problems are clearly identified.

The officials in charge of fixing the economy have not articulated the underlying problems. Worse, many of these officials – directly or indirectly – created or contributed the underlying problems. (more…)

The economy is in big trouble

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Full story here from Mike Whitney. Like you haven’t heard me say this a bunch of times already.

Imagine the reaction at the White House when the Department of Labor released its weekly unemployment figures on Thursday. Jobless claims rose by 12,000 to 500,000 in the second week of August. There’s been no improvement in the jobs market in 9 months and now unemployment is edging upwards again. This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Obama administration had bet everything that the economy had turned the corner and would gradually get better. Many economists saw less than a 10 per cent  chance that the economy would tip back into recession. After all, double dip recessions are “extremely rare”. Now more people are losing their jobs and Team Obama is caught in the headlights. There is no back-up plan, no Plan B. The Democrats will face the midterms with no stimulus to create new jobs and with an economy that is steadily deteriorating. It’s going to be a massacre and they know it. (more…)

Deceptive economic statistics

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Full story here from Paul Craig Roberts.

On August 17, Bloomberg reported a US government release that industrial production rose twice as much as forecast, climbing 1 percent. Bloomberg interpreted this to mean that “increased business investment is propelling the gains in manufacturing, which accounts for 11 percent of the world’s largest economy.”

The stock market rose. (more…)

The ecstasy of empire

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Full story here from Paul Craig Roberts.

The United States is running out of time to get its budget and trade deficits under control.  Despite the urgency of the situation, 2010 has been wasted in hype about a non-existent recovery.  As recently as August 2 Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner penned a New York Times column, “Welcome to the Recovery.” (more…)

Is a market crash coming?

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Full story here from ZeroHedge.

In a unorthodox piece by the WSJ, which goes direct to discussing some of the less than pleasant possible outcomes of central planning, Brett Arends askscould Wall Street be about to crash again? This week’s bone-rattlers may be making you wonder” and says: “way too many people are way too complacent this summer. Here are 10 reasons to watch out.” And without further ado… (more…)

Obama uses taxpayer money to train foreigners to take American jobs

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Full story here.

Despite President Obama’s pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $36 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. (more…)

Economy Heading for a Systemic Collapse into Hyperinflationary Great Depression

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Full story here from ZeroHedge.

When Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke admits to seeing an “unusually uncertain” economy ahead, it’s pretty terrifying to imagine what he’s really thinking. What John Williams envisions—and he’s by no means looking to the far horizon—is a systemic collapse, a hyperinflationary great depression and the cessation of normal commerce. Despite that bleak outlook, however, when the economist and editor of ShadowStats.com sat down for this exclusive Energy Report interview, he also had some good news. (more…)

Stranguflation

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The latest offering from Janet Tavakoli.

The U.S. is suffering from high unemployment combined with too much consumer debt in a weak economy. Current stock market exuberance reflects earnings increases at selective companies that benefited from sputtering stimulus programs. In late 2007 through the fall of 2008, our economy had an appendix attack, and Congress issued potent addictive painkillers instead of fixing our problems. (more…)

Trillions for Wall St, zilch for you

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Full story here from Mike Whitney.

On Tuesday, the 30-year fixed rate for mortgages plunged to an all-time low of 4.56 per cent. Rates are falling because investors are still  moving into risk-free liquid assets, like Treasuries. It’s a sign of panic and the Fed’s lame policy response has done nothing to sooth the public’s fears. The flight-to-safety continues a full two years after Lehman Bros blew up. (more…)