More bad news for the democrats today – GorT has to revise down his post from yesterday on employment figures. Turns out, using the government’s numbers the situation looks worse:
- Unemployment ticked up to 8.2%
- The U.S. economy add a lean 69,000 jobs in May
- April’s disappointing gain of 115,000 jobs was revised down to 77,000
- Long-term unemployment numbers rose to 5.4M (up 300,000 from last month)
- The GDP rose only 1.9% in the first quarter, lower than the estimated 2.2%
The White House quickly spun the news to try to diffuse any ammunition it would lend the GOP which was little more than, “So the news wasn’t good but we’re working….SQUIRREL!…” The standard “we inherited a mess” excuse was trotted out, followed by the following, delivered by Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers:
[the economy faced] serious headwinds, including the crisis in Europe and a spike in gas prices but it was important not to read too much into one month’s figures
This begs two questions:
First, what has the administration done to deal with the crisis in Europe or the spike in gas prices? Aside from inaction, they haven’t done much and in fact, one could argue that they thwarted efforts aimed at addressing the high gas prices.
Second, as far as reading too much into one month’s numbers – look again. The GDP is a quarterly number. The May jobs figures were the third month of seriously disappointing numbers. This isn’t a one-month view. In addition, the May numbers should be a tad better as summer hiring should be wrapping up. This doesn’t bode well at all. I guess we can tune in this afternoon and listen to Jay Carney dance, stumble and trip over this news. Maybe followed by some spin by the POTUS. Of course with geniuses like our representative here Maryland, I don’t think it’s going to fare well:
“We have made progress, said Van Hollen, (D-MD). “Today’s jobs numbers show we need to make further progress.”
Wooo! Summer of Recovery III is here!
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