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Americans Pay More in Taxes than We Spend on Food, Clothing, and Medicine

Is that right? If so, is it reasonable?

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Inflation Hits 9.1%

The CPI has hit yet another four-decade high.

US Inflation at 40-Year High

Can the Misery Index be far behind?

Are the Teachers Quitting?

The plural of anecdote is not data.

Civil Servants Aren’t in the Administration

An irresponsible Trump-era practice continues.

CDC Lessens Quarantine Recommendations Despite Omicron’s Spread

The flurry of news around the new variant is dizzying.

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Truck and Bus Driver ‘Shortages’

Working conditions rather than labor supply seems to be the issue.

The Supply Chain is Still Broken

Why products are still hard to find and prices are so high.

US Unemployment at Record Highs

More Americans are out of work than at any time since the Great Depression.

November Job Growth Beats Expectations

November saw much higher jobs growth than economic analysts were expecting, but it could just be a statistical blip.

October Jobs Report Beats Expectations, But Still Comes In As Anemic

October’s jobs report came back better than expected but hardly something to cheer.

Economy Grew At Anemic 1.9% In Third Quarter, Hinting At A Slowdown Ahead

The economy grew an anemic 1.9% in the third quarter according to the first estimate of the state of the economy over the summer.

Disappointing Jobs Growth For September

A somewhat disappointing jobs report for September.

August Jobs Report Falls Below Expectations At +130,000 New Jobs

The August Jobs Report came in below expectations as other economic statistics point to a slowing economy.

July Jobs Report Within Expectations But Far From Spectacular

July’s Jobs Report was in line with expectations, but hardly indicative of a booming economy.

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$15 Minimum Wage Would Do More Harm Than Good

The Congressional Budget Office assesses several reform proposals.

June Jobs Numbers Bust Past Expectations But Uncertainty Remains

June’s jobs report brought in stronger than expected numbers but the fact that these numbers have not been consistent all year makes one wonder what the state of the economy really is.

Trump’s 2020 Campaign Kickoff Speech Unsurprisingly Filled With Lies

Not surprisingly, the President’s opening speech of the 2020 campaign was filed with lies.

Slower May Jobs Growth Adds To Fears Of Economic Downturn

May’s Jobs Report came back with disappointing jobs growth, suggesting that the economy may be slowing down.

April Jobs Report Brings Higher Than Expected Jobs Growth

Jobs Growth in April was much higher than expected, seemingly putting to rest for now fears that the economy might be slowing.

February Jobs Numbers Fall Far Short Of Expectations

Job growth in February was far below estimates, but we did see some solid wage growth and other signs that we’re approaching what economists refer to as “full employment.”

January Jobs Report Is Positive Despite Government Shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, employment growth in January was far above expectations.

December Jobs Report Blows Past Expectations

December’s Jobs Report blew past expectations to show more than 300,000 jobs created.

November Jobs Growth Falls Short Of Expectations

Jobs Growth in November was healthy but fell short of expectations.

October Delivers A Solid Jobs Report

Jobs Growth in October exceeded expectations, as did wage growth. It’s unclear, though, how long these numbers can be sustained.

Jobs Report Disappoints, U-3 Unemployment Number At Lowest Point Since 1969

September jobs growth fell short of expectations even as the top-line unemployment rate reached a point unseen since 1969.

August Jobs Report Slightly Stronger Than Expected

Jobs growth in August was slightly better than expected, but still nothing overly impressive.

July Jobs Creation Falls Short Of Expectations, Wage Growth Remains Stagnant

Jobs growth fell short of expectations in July but was still relatively decent. Wage growth, however, remains stubbornly stagnant.

June Jobs Growth Slightly Above Expectations, But Not Spectacular

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 213,000 in June and the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent.

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Trump Violates Yet Another Norm, And Possibly The Law

The President teased the Jobs Report an hour before it was officially released. This was both a violation of Federal law, and yet another example of this President violating long-established norms governing how politicians are supposed to act.

May Jobs Report Better Than Expected, But Still Not Great

May’s jobs report was stronger than the previous two months, but not entirely great.

Jobs Growth Falls Below Expectations In April While Wages Remain Stagnant

The unemployment rate hit a point unseen since Bill Clinton was President in April, but jobs and wage growth remain tepid at best.

Feds Make 32 Percent Less than Private Sector Counterparts (Or 17 Percent More)

Dueling data on civil service compensation belie the adage that you can’t choose your own facts.

March Jobs Report Falls Short Of Expectations

March’s Jobs Report fell far short of expectations.

A Booming Jobs Market For February

A better than expected jobs report for February, but wage growth slowed for the month.

A Positive January For Jobs Growth And Wages

The first jobs report for 2018 beat expectation slightly, but the most positive signs came in the underlying data on wages.

What Trump Economic Boom?

President Trump and his supporters like to claim that the economy has been booming since he became President. A look at the numbers reveals that this is not the case.

December Jobs Report Falls Short Of Expectations

Contrary to expectations, jobs growth in December was relatively modest.

November’s Jobs Report Is Strong, But There Are Caveats

November’s Jobs Report was stronger than expected, but there are several caveats to keep in mind.

Jobs Growth Bounces Back From Hurricane-Related Losses

The Jobs Market bounces back in October, but the numbers are far from impressive.

Job Creation Declines In September In Report Likely Impacted By Hurricanes

A very weak jobs report thanks mostly to the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes.

August Jobs Report Disappoints As It Fails To Meet Expectations

August’s Jobs Report came in below expectations.

A Good, But Not Great, Jobs Report For July

July’s jobs report beat expectations, but the underlying numbers aren’t entirely positive either.

A Solid June Jobs Report Signals Bounce Back From Slump In May

The June Jobs Report was significantly better than what we saw in May but on the whole not different from what we’ve seen for the last three years or so.

Federal Reserve Raises Rates For Third Time Since December

For the third time since December,, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates.

A Mediocre May Jobs Report

May’s Jobs Report was mediocre, suggesting that the economy may be stagnating.

April Jobs Report Bounces Back From March Doldrums

The Jobs Report for April showed much-improved numbers from the disappointment in March.

A Disappointing March Jobs Report

After starting the year with two good months, the jobs report for March was quite disappointing.