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State layoffs are holding the economy back

States are laying off workers like it is Halloween and they are getting candy for every worker laid off. More than almost anything else, states are now holding back our recovery.

From EPI:

State employment and unemployment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the continued lack of momentum in the national labor market is translating into sluggish job growth and slowly rising unemployment for the majority of states.

Job growth throughout the states over the preceding three-month period (April 2012 to July 2012) was mixed, with 32 states and the District of Columbia adding jobs and 18 states experiencing job loss.  However, even the job growth in states that gained jobs over this period was not strong enough to prevent increases in the unemployment rate for all but six of these states (California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah) and the District of Columbia.

Three states—California, Nevada and Rhode Island—continue to have unemployment rates above 10 percent. The number of states with unemployment rates between 9 percent and 9.9 percent rose from five states in June to seven in July.

While nearly all states have added jobs and reduced unemployment over the past year, the most recent figures underscore the risk of letting the nation’s economy slip back into neutral.  Without action at the national level to accelerate lagging growth, state policymakers will face an uphill battle to bring down unemployment levels.


By |2012-08-21T20:46:21-04:00August 20th, 2012|Economy|1 Comment

All Flesh Is Grass

This is where my father and his family once lived on Potter Street in Providence, Rhode Island.

My father lived 1930-2011.

I took this picture two weeks ago.

My father’s house is now gone and my dad is now dead.

There is now a community garden at this location.

Here is what it says in Isaiah 40:6-8-

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

All flesh is grass.

With a garden now where my dad once lived, you can say this is true in both a literal and figurative sense.

The things we most value have a season and they have no season. They are transient and they are eternal. They require a careful tending and they grow wild.

By |2011-08-26T21:23:39-04:00August 26th, 2011|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on All Flesh Is Grass

Swine Flu 5-6-09

U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 5, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)
States # of
Alabama 4
Arizona 17
California 49
Colorado 6
Connecticut 2
Delaware 20
Florida 5
Georgia 1
Idaho 1
Illinois 82
Indiana 3
Iowa 1
Kansas 2
Kentucky* 1
Louisiana 7
Maine 1
Maryland 4
Massachusetts 6
Michigan 2
Minnesota 1
Missouri 1
Nebraska 1
Nevada 1
New Hampshire 1
New Jersey 6
New Mexico 1
New York 90
North Carolina 1
Ohio 3
Oregon 15
Pennsylvania 1
Rhode Island 1
South Carolina
Utah 1
TOTAL (38) 403 cases 1 death
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.

*Case is resident of KY but currently hospitalized in GA.

It is good that the virus hasn’t spread as fast as originally thought. I think that our government response has been excellent. We need to keep up the good work for another 10 days or so and we are officially out of the woods.

Here’s a link to yesterday’s CDC press briefing.

New worldwide cases can be found here.

There has been another death in the US.  This is a relatively young woman who had been in the hospital for several weeks.  She is the first US citizen to die with the N1H1 virus.  She had reportedly had several chronic illnesses.  It is unclear whether she died because of her illnesses or because of the virus.

Finally, it seems that Health Officials have asked over 700 schools to re-open.

By |2009-05-06T03:11:14-04:00May 6th, 2009|Healthcare, Obama administration|Comments Off on Swine Flu 5-6-09
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