Majority Think Presidential Winner Won’t Have Big Impact on Jobs

By: Monday June 25, 2012 12:52 pm

Even though jobs are a top issue for Americans this year, relatively few think whoever wins the presidential election will make a big difference to unemployment. According to a AP-Gfk poll a large majority, 59 percent, think whoever wins this November will have no or only just some impact on the unemployment. Only 40 percent [...]

Some Worrying Job Numbers

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 11:35 am

Several months ago many of the economic indicators were showing improvement, albeit very small and insufficient to make up for the depth of our current crisis. The important thing politically was it at least looked like things were moving in the right direction, which is critical for an incumbent President heading into an election. In [...]

String of Positive Economic News Helps Boost Obama’s Job Approval

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 1:34 pm

Recently we have seen a string of positive economic indicators that all point to the same general pattern. While the individual pieces are subjectively good compared to pre-crisis level, the data gives the clear impression that the economy is modestly trending in a positive direction. The GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent [...]

Goldman Predicts Unemployment Rising in 2012

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 11:21 am

Economists at Goldman Sachs now put the odds of the United States officially slipping back into recession at roughly 40 percent.  They also forecast that even without a technical recession, stalled growth could force unemployment to rise in 2012. From CNBC “The obvious risk with our (non-recession) forecast is that the slowdown in growth and [...]

Zero Net New Jobs in August

By: Friday September 2, 2011 10:39 am

The August employment numbers from the Department of Labor are dismal. According to today’s report, the economy added zero net jobs last month, and unemployment remains at 9.1 percent.

If the OMB Is Right About Unemployment Obama Campaign Is DOA

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 4:38 pm

The White House Office of Management and Budget recently published its Mid-Session Review based on the most recent economic data.  The MSR shows OMB’s economic growth outlook moving steadily downward from the earlier February report, and the numbers are a red flag for the economy and the President’s re-election. As a result of recent slower [...]

Don’t Call This a Jobs Agenda

By: Friday August 5, 2011 5:34 pm

Now that the debt ceiling fight is over, President Obama has promised to pivot to jobs. The problem is that most of the elements of his so-called jobs initiatives are seriously weak. Calling these items “”jobs programs” might help temporarily prop up Obama’s poll numbers, but in the long run the administration is setting themselves [...]

Americans’ Economic Confidence Plummets

By: Friday July 22, 2011 8:09 pm

Consumer confidence is now the lowest it has been since 2009 according to Gallup. The poll found an incredible 69 percent of the American people think the economy is getting worse. The percentage of Americans saying the U.S. economy is getting better dropped to 26% last week. This is the lowest level for this measure [...]

The Statistics Are About Real People

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 1:24 pm

We don’t pay attention to statistics like unemployment rates and monthly jobs because we love tracking numbers for the sake of numbers. We pay attention to these statistics because they give use important information about the qualify of life for millions of real Americans.

Americans to Washington: We Want Jobs, Not Budget Cuts

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 12:23 pm

In what is something like the 50th survey to show the same thing, a new Bloomberg poll (PDF) found that by far the top issue for Americans is jobs, and that a clear majority want the federal government to be focused on the priority of creating jobs instead of cutting spending. Which of the following [...]

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