Posts tagged "Bureau of Labor Statistics"

Jobless rate increases in Illinois; dips in other states

The  jobless rate increases in Illinois while 16 other states were enjoying their lowest unemployment since  the start of the Great Recession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that Illinois’ seasonally adjusted jobless rate in October, 2013 was 8.9 percent, a rate exceeded only by Michigan, Rhode Island and Nevada.  That 8.9 percent was... Read more »

Jack Welch on the Obama administration cooking the job numbers

Is it possible to cook the unemployment numbers to make them look good for President Barack Obama or any other  White House incumbent? Yes. Is it likely? Dunno. But Jack Welch, former GE CEO and business icon has some thoughts in the Wall Street Journal.

Need a better job? See Uncle Sam

Next time you hear a federal worker moaning about how tough he has it, take note of this: Federal jobs outpay their private sector counterparts 83 percent of the time, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to federal data, a cook on the federal payroll will make roughly $15,000 more than one... Read more »
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Battling the bulge: Here's where to slash the budget

Two weeks ago I suggested that climbing out of our financial sinkhole requires us to fundamentally downsize our expectations of what we can milk from government (“Champagne taste with a beer budget”). Reader Dienne posted a complaint: “I’m sorry, Mr. Byrne, perhaps I missed it, but I didn’t see a solution in this column —... Read more »
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