Economy Adds 308,000 Jobs in March....How can this be

  1. All I have heard from the Kerry camp and fellow democrats how many jobs have been lost and how bad the economy is, so, how can this be????

    Yes, a lot of jobs have been lost in the last 3-5 years, but it looks like that trend may be reversing. Unemployment for the months of Jan/Feb were at a two year low, and now there are more jobs added last month than anytime in the previous 4 years.

    Begins to look a little better for the GWB camp......wouldn't you say.

    http://www.foxnews.com/printer_frien...115958,00.html


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  3. by   Mkue
    Good news indeed, I saw this on CSPAN this morning.

    Senate Republicans were very happy today ! Not a good day for Democrats but frankly I'm glad more ppl are back to work.

    Actually a Kentucky Senator stated that the unemployment rate in 1996 was 5.6 just as it is today....and Kerry thought that was "very good" then when Clinton was running for his 2nd term.
  4. by   SharonH, RN
    lol, are you kidding? With over 2 million jobs lost, Bush will need to add 300,000 jobs a month every month until the election just for the country to break even(and that assumes the current figure isn't revised downward, it's happened before). So by November, the best we can hope for is to be the same as before, no gain, no improvement. Yeah, that's certainly a strong case for the Bush team. 3 1/2 years of hell and at the end a burst of sunshine? Next, we should be grateful to him for holding gas prices at under $2.00/gallon. I'm sure the Dems are shaking in their boots at this bit of news. You're a hoot.


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  5. by   suzanne4
    it may have been 300,000 in march but it has only been 700,000 since last august.

    and how could they know the exact number of jobs created in march by only
    the 2nd of april. they never have any other numbers together that quickly.
    doesn't that make any of you a little suspicious?
  6. by   fergus51
    Even the Bush people aren't bragging too much cause they know one month isn't what they can run a political campaign on. "Sure, we are still down almost 2 million jobs, but we got 300 000 this one month" doesn't make for good bumper stickers. I hope things continue to improve.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Me, too. My DH finally went back to work himself last week, after almost 2 months' layoff, as did many of the other workers at his electronics plant. $154 a week unemployment benefits just doesn't cut it, not even with me working fulltime and making a decent wage. And I couldn't care less WHO's in charge, I'm just happy to see the unemployment rate go down.
  8. by   sbic56
    The jobs were mostly in healthcare, construction and retail. I would expect construction jobs in the spring. The other two are service industry jobs. We need real jobs in production and not the kind that are coming in. Did anyone hear how Bush wanted to call McDonald's jobs manufacturing. Way to skew the numbers.Yeah, right, build the better burger. I am not impressed by the news.
  9. by   275Main
    sbic56- that is the point that I was going to make. Most of these jobs are not in high paying, high education fields, or are in fields which are always expanding (eg: heathcare). Look around at how many people you know with bachelors and masters degrees who are working for a wage far below what they are worth. I am sorry but there is no way that a republican can get my vote when I know a lot of highly educated people working for $10 an hour. Way to go tax cuts for big buisness and outsourcing.
  10. by   2ndCareerRN
    WASHINGTON, DC--Responding to the nation's worst unemployment rate since the Hoover Administration, President Bush addressed the nation's 8.2 million unemployed workers in a televised speech Monday.

    "The economy has been on the rebound for months, but 5.6 percent of you are still out of work," Bush said. "Come on, people: Get a job! Don't just sit there hoping that you'll win the lottery. Turn off that boob tube, get off that couch, and start pounding the pavement."

    When the number of people taking part-time jobs because they can't get full-time work is factored in, the unemployment figure approaches 15.1 million, a number Bush called "unacceptable."

    "My fellow Americans, don't come crying to me," Bush said. "I've got a job. I go to work every day, whether I feel like it or not. I don't take handouts, and I don't give them. That's a belief my daddy taught me. Now, let's get this show on the road!"

    The unemployment rate remains high, in spite of the many tax-cut initiatives the Bush Administration has introduced over the past several years.

    "The government can only do so much," Bush said. "How hard can it possibly be to find a job? A friend of mine lost his job when his company went belly-up. Did he ***** and moan about it? Absolutely not. He picked up the phone and started making cold calls, he landed back on his feet, and now he's the chief financial officer of a major petrochemical concern."

    According to the president, the nation's unemployed need to make looking for work a full-time job.

    "How many applications have you filled out today?" Bush said. "You should spend eight hours a day looking through the want ads, mailing résumés, and pounding the pavement. You won't find a job moping around the house and feeling sorry for yourself. If you're down-and-out, you have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps. Life's hard, my friends. Get used to it."

    Bush addressed a complaint often made by unemployed workers: They are unable to find jobs commensurate to their skill set due to lulls in the technical and manufacturing sectors and the outsourcing of jobs to other countries.

    "If you wanted work as bad as you say you do, you'd take what you could find," Bush said. "You gotta work your way up, instead of waiting around for your dream job to fall into your lap. Walk before you run. Climb your way up the ladder."


    Above: Bush gives pointers on how to get the part-time delivery position available at this DC-area restaurant.
    Continued Bush: "I heard McDonald's is hiring. What's wrong with that? Does your fancy degree say you can't work at a Mickey D's? You may not be doing exactly what you want, but at least you'll have the pride of knowing that you're earning your living."

    A reporter asked for comment on a statistic which shows that only 21,000 new jobs were created in February, in spite of the Bush administration's promise to create 320,000.

    "I've got a statistic for you," Bush said. "You've got to look out for No. 1. Take charge. I've got a job plan for the nation. It's called 'Get off your duff.'"

    Bush said the country is experiencing its longest average-unemployment duration in 20 years, and he wants to see it end immediately.

    "If you get an interview, walk in there like you're the only person for the job," Bush said. "Show them you're willing to work. Show up early and bring a broom. Sweep up the place while you're waiting for the interview to start. That'll let them know you're a go-getter."

    The president concluded his speech by encouraging the jobless to start their search immediately.

    "What are you doing listening to this speech when you should be out there looking for work?" Bush asked. "Get a move on! Even my brother has a job. He's no one special, and he's the governor of Florida! If he can do that, you should be able to line up something at your local Wal-Mart."

    With that statement, Bush left Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to present some of the finer points of his administration's new position.

    "Get a haircut," Chao said. "Clean yourself up a little and put on a nice shirt, or even a suit. Maybe employers would take you more seriously if you didn't look like you just rolled out of bed. The way you look now, I wouldn't hire you to throw me a rope if I was falling off a cliff."


    http://www.theonion.com/news/

    http://www.theonion.com/index.php?i=1
  11. by   sbic56
    Quote from 275Main
    sbic56- that is the point that I was going to make. Most of these jobs are not in high paying, high education fields, or are in fields which are always expanding (eg: heathcare). Look around at how many people you know with bachelors and masters degrees who are working for a wage far below what they are worth. I am sorry but there is no way that a republican can get my vote when I know a lot of highly educated people working for $10 an hour. Way to go tax cuts for big buisness and outsourcing.
    Exactly! I see no reason to celebrate. I am nauseated when I see those Wal Mart ads where they get empolyees to boast about how their jobs at Wal mart have saved their lives. Good grief. What has become of us?

    These are the worst times I have seen, economically. I am worried for myself because retirement is coming eventually and I won't have enough money to live very well, even with the 402b. Social Security will be gone by the time I am 65. I am worried for my kids, because despite their skills and education, they won't be able to do even as well as I have. I see no reason to be optimistic yet with one son beig paid way below what his BS is worth, because that is the new norm here and the other working for a temp agency with no benefits.

    You are correct about the outsourcing. I realize some is inevitable as we are moving toward globalization, but there needs to be some restrictions when moving jobs out and incentives for companies to remain at home when it is feasable. Too many wealthy Americans are obtaining their wealth at the expense of downgrading the lives of the average guy.
  12. by   Mkue
    Quote from sbic56
    You are correct about the outsourcing. I realize some is inevitable as we are moving toward globalization, but there needs to be some restrictions when moving jobs out and incentives for companies to remain at home when it is feasable. Too many wealthy Americans are obtaining their wealth at the expense of downgrading the lives of the average guy.
    I agree, there should be more incentives for keeping jobs here in America. Unfortunately, Kerry's plans include sending more jobs overseas which would not be good for America.
  13. by   sbic56
    Quote from mkue
    I agree, there should be more incentives for keeping jobs here in America. Unfortunately, Kerry's plans include sending more jobs overseas which would not be good for America.
    I wasn't aware of that. Got a link explaining this part of his plans?
  14. by   fiestynurse
    There are many factors to look at when you look at job growth and the economy. For instance, the recovery in the labor market has not yet caught up with wages, critical to the strength of consumer spending, which fuels more than two-thirds of the economy. The Labor Department said average hourly wages rose just a penny, or 0.1 percent, to $15.46 from $15.45. Wages have been flat.

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