Author Topic: We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are (New York Times)  (Read 617 times)

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Offline Frank Cannon

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/upshot/we-ran-out-of-words-to-describe-how-good-the-jobs-numbers-are.html

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The real question in analyzing the May jobs numbers released Friday is whether there are enough synonyms for “good” in an online thesaurus to describe them adequately.

So, for example, “splendid” and “excellent” fit the bill. Those are the kinds of terms that are appropriate when the United States economy adds 223,000 jobs in a month, despite being nine years into an expansion, and when the unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, a new 18-year low.

“Salubrious,” “salutary” and “healthy” work as words to describe the 0.3 percent rise in average hourly earnings, which are up 2.7 percent over the last year — a nice improvement but also not the kind of sharp increase that might lead the Federal Reserve to rethink its cautious path of interest rate increases.

Offline Frank Cannon

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Fairly shocking title for a NY Slimes article reporting on a Republican President.

Offline Frank Cannon

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Does this make Trump "The Greatest Worst President" in history?

Online aligncare

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Rush mentioned the NYT headline to his audience during his monologue on the difference between President Trump and Obama. I can summarize his conclusion in two words: economic competency.

Offline Frank Cannon

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Rush mentioned the NYT headline to his audience during his monologue on the difference between President Trump and Obama. I can summarize his conclusion in two words: economic competency.

Despite the doomsayers, Trumps plan seems to be working better than anyone thought.

Offline RoosGirl

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So now all of a sudden we believe the unemployment numbers that are reported?

Offline Frank Cannon

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So now all of a sudden we believe the unemployment numbers that are reported?

You don't have to. If you use the shit numbers as a baseline, it still shows things are far better now than under Obama.

Offline skeeter

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So now all of a sudden we believe the unemployment numbers that are reported?

I never saw anyone dispute the numbers coming out of the BLS.

The method of reporting, U3 vs U5 or 6, yes. But not the numbers themselves.
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Offline skeeter

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You don't have to. If you use the shit numbers as a baseline, it still shows things are far better now than under Obama.

... or what he said.

Online aligncare

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So now all of a sudden we believe the unemployment numbers that are reported?

Wall Street sure as heck took the numbers seriously today.

Offline RoosGirl

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You don't have to. If you use the shit numbers as a baseline, it still shows things are far better now than under Obama.

Yeah, I believe they're better.  I just have a problem with not using the "real" numbers, especially considering Trump railed against the "fake" numbers not all that long ago.  I understand this is a NYT article, but am remembering Trump touting the "fake" numbers since becoming POTUS and suspect he will do so again in response to this article or similar.

Offline GrouchoTex

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We know the number is just the number of those out of work, who are still seeking work.
Having said that, it is still an indicator, and it is moving in the right direction.

Offline endicom

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We know the number is just the number of those out of work, who are still seeking work.
Having said that, it is still an indicator, and it is moving in the right direction.


The trend tells the story and the trend is still good.


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The will greatly increase the GDP of this country is so many ways, from more tax revenue, more SS and medicare revenue, reduced welfare, and on and on.
Yearning to stay free takes place in many ways at many different times, whether by withstanding planes or bayonets


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