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Unemployment Rate Funny Business

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Did you hear the news? Non-farm payrolls increased 288,000 in April and the unemployment rate “plummeted” .4% to 6.3%. See this Yahoo! story. At the same time the employment participation rate fell .4% to 62.8%. In case you don’t know, the participation rate “refers to the number of people who are either employed or are […]

MSN: 12 Things That Will Cost You More in 2013

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Oh goody! MSN lists 12 things that will cost more in 2013. Some of them aren’t a big deal. Food, however, is a big deal. Their list: • Cars • Food • Grain • Health insurance premiums • High-end TVs and home theater systems • Computers • Copper • Smartphones • Daily deals • College […]

Chart of the Day: The REAL Unemployement Rate

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

This is interesting. You can click on the graphic to go to the source. Bottom line: Unemployment is MUCH HIGHER than we’re being told it is.

Chart of the Day – Consumer Confidence by Political Affiliation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Click on graphic to go to source Question: why are Democrats so confident?

U.S. Adds 96,000 Jobs and Yet the Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1%

Friday, September 7th, 2012

I don’t know about you guys but I think it’s misleading the way the unemployment rate is calculated. Today’s employment report shows that 96,000 jobs were added in August. I did a quick search and found that we need to add about 250,000 jobs per month in order to drop the unemployment rate. We added […]

Monthly CPI Data Going Back to 1926

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Here are the monthly CPI changes I have going back to 1926. I’m not exactly sure where I got these numbers. I think it was the website but I’m not sure. It’s been a couple of years since I first collected these numbers and then I updated them with the CPI data from BLS. […]

Photo of the Day: Hidden Inflation

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Not sure when they changed the size of the bag (I don’t buy candy very often) but if it went to 11.4 ounces from 12 ounces and the price stayed the same, that’s the same as a 5% price increase. I also think it’s funny that the bag is a lot bigger than it needs […]

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