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Want A Growing Economy? Elect A Democrat

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Josh Boak: U.S. Job Openings In June Hit 13-Year-Plus High

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May’s total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy. The report “provides further confirmation that the U.S. labor market has indeed shifted to a period of stronger growth,”

said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at the bank Credit Suisse. Known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey or JOLTS, the report provides a detailed look at where employment might be heading. the pressure on employers to offer more generous wages could be increasing. On average, there are 2 unemployed workers for every job opening. That’s down from an average of 2.6 unemployed people per opening at the start of the year. As that ratio continues to fall, employers will likely have to boost salaries.

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Lucia Mutikani: Fresh Data Shows U.S. Jobs Market Tightening

The share of unemployed Americans competing for each open job hit a six-year low in June, suggesting a labor market tightening that could give way to faster wage growth. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, increased to a seasonally adjusted 4.67 million in June, the highest level since February 2001. At the same time, hiring reached its highest point since February 2008. Job growth has topped 200,000 in each of the past six months, a stretch last seen in 1997.

The unemployment rate has declined to 6.2 percent from 6.7 percent at the end of 2013. Troy Davig, the head of research at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, told Reuters on Monday that rising job openings suggested earnings growth was poised to move higher. “Faster wage growth certainly seems in the pipeline,” he said. “The labor market appears to be hitting a turning point.”

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91 Responses to “Want A Growing Economy? Elect A Democrat”


  1. 1 Betsy
    August 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Yes, 2014!

  2. 5 Nena20409
    August 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    For years, Pollster and Analyst have said that the Economy is a great indicator of any election cycle.

    6.19% UE Rate.
    4.66M Job Openings.
    Auto, Manufacturing and exports are all doing very well.
    Retail, Health Care and many states raising the Minimum Wage.
    More uninsured are covered. 17M and Counting ACA sign ups.
    Dow has hit record highs.
    More Judicial Nominees slowly replacing the rigid partisan hacks.
    Etc, Etc, Etc…..
    Waiting for The News Media to report the Facts is useless.
    Vote in Nov and give Pres Obama a Congress that Works with POTUS and Works for We The People.

  3. 9 Nena20409
    August 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Au :star: for Betsy.

  4. 11 hopefruit2
    August 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    That’s right. This is Obama’s America. This is the Obama economy. And yes, we want MORE of the Obama economy after 2014, and we want Obama’s 3rd third term in 2016.

  5. 14 Nena20409
    August 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Awesome Nerdy Wonka.
    You are the best.

  6. August 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Thank yooooooou Nerdy, uplifting news – and we needed it. Thanks again Legend.

  7. August 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Fantasticcccccccccccccccccccc!!!

  8. 19 hopefruit2
    August 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    The media would love to find a way to call these Obamastorms!

  9. August 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Very touching tribute of a young wife to her husband ….

    btw, she is one of the founders of @EuromaidanPR

  10. August 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I’m not the only one willing to connect the dots ….

  11. August 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Has there been any video of the 1st Family while on vacation?

  12. August 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  13. August 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    They come in threes. Lauren Bacall died.

    • 39 Judith Fardig
      August 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Lauren Bacall had a good run. Saw her in Cactus Flower on Broadway when I was a teenager on a U.N. Pilgrimage for Youth. May she RIP.

  14. 40 Nena20409
    August 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    She was one Gorgeous Lady.

    RIP.

  15. 45 dotster3
    August 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    OT testing—–another one of my likely failed attempts to post a photo from facebook (gr.son in Cubs broadcasting booth, won a drawing to yell “Play Ball!”)

  16. August 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    In the early hours of May 16, 2010, half a dozen heavily-armed police officers from the Special Response Team, the city’s SWAT unit, stood outside of a duplex in Detroit, ready to enter the house of a murder suspect. The policemen threw a flash-bang grenade through one of the house’s windows. The grenade landed so close to the room’s bed it burned its blanket. An officer burst through the bedroom’s window and fired a single shot, killing 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

    The incident could be seen a tragic example of a SWAT raid gone awfully wrong. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) thinks that raids like the one that ended Stanley-Jones’ young life are representative of a worrisome trend: the unchecked militarization of police departments across the United States.

    In an unprecedented report, the ACLU exposes how much local police departments rely on SWAT raids for routine operations, using military gear. Military equipment – sometimes already used in battle overseas – can be obtained for free by police departments thanks to a Department of Defense program. The police in America has become too militarized,” Kara Dansky, the ACLU Senior Counsel, and main author of the report, told Mashable. “This has the effect of terrifying people, destroying communities and actually undermining public safety.” The vast majority (80%) of more than 800 SWAT operations carried out by 20 police departments during 2011-2012 resulted from simple search warrants, most of them drug-related, the report said. The SWAT team was deployed for hostage crises, shootings or other dangerous situations in only 7% of the total operations….continued

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    • August 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Glad that this is getting the attention it has deserved for a long time.

      Our media has no memory, no curiosity about the consequences of the unjustified Iraq war. Things that never occur to them:
      - “what ever happened to” vets who have since left the military
      - pretty much a media blackout on Michelle Obama’s stirring and heartfelt appearance in Los Angeles last month, with Mayor Garcetti to end veteran homelessness in the country’s 2nd largest city before the 2016 elections (by the end of next year). This made @latimes home page for an hour or so, but not much longer than that
      - who were the contractors and how many $$ did they rake in from their buddies Cheney and Rumsfeld?
      - how many taxpayer $$ were squandered due to fraud?
      - where did surplus equipment go (not basic needs for soldiers, but the heavy equipment [hint: take a look at local police departments around the country]

      Thanks, LP, for responding to my previous comment on the last thread. :)

      I think Americans would tune into stories about the expanding police state.

  17. 52 forus50
    August 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

  18. August 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    …For weeks, the president and his aides have said it was not their role to tell Iraq who its leader should be, but they made eminently clear on Monday that it was time for Mr. Maliki to step aside in favor of Haider al-Abadi, a fellow member of the same Shiite party nominated by President Fuad Masum to be the next prime minister. Mr. Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. each called Mr. Abadi to congratulate him, and when the president went before cameras on Martha’s Vineyard to repeat that publicly, he pointedly did not mention Mr. Maliki’s name. When a reporter asked if he had a message for Mr. Maliki, the president walked away. That was the message….

    …Even after Mr. Obama sent advisers and surveillance planes, Mr. Maliki resisted Washington’s advice. American officials warned against trying to retake Tikrit from the Sunni insurgents, but he ignored them. Now Mr. Obama is moving on. Mr. Biden called Mr. Masum, the Iraqi president who nominated Mr. Abadi, to buck him up “to hold firm in the face of pressure” from Mr. Maliki, according to the senior official. Mr. Biden came away impressed with Mr. Abadi, finding him “very different from Maliki,” the official said, “pragmatic and cool headed.”

  19. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    August 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    From Obamacare to JOBS and everything in between, NW, you keep us informed and alert – and always give us plenty of tweets to latch onto! I deeply appreciate it.

  20. 58 Allison
    August 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    • August 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I asked a similar question on the previous thread.

      I don’t understand why Libertarians (members of the “Ron Paul Revolution”) aren’t up in arms about the expanding police state in America. It makes no sense to me, since Libertarians are anarchists who are against any form of government, including police and fire departments.

      But I’d be careful inciting gun nuts, because they are exactly that, nuts.

  21. 60 dotster3
    August 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Mo. Gov. Nixon and other elected officials, community members at Sharpton’s Community Action Forum at this moment ——hopefully some good will come of this.
    Also saw this Post Dispatch article which is worthy of a read——all the different emotions of Ferguson residents, post tragedy…

    http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/parenting/aisha-sultan/why-you-ve-been-seeing-young-kids-at-the-ferguson/article_3bee38cd-113b-53fe-b6d9-87ece2d843ba.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

  22. August 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    POTUS sighting.

  23. August 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  24. 68 JER
    August 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  25. August 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Interesting:

  26. August 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Another night of this obscenity.

  27. 81 JER
    August 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  28. August 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    In the vein of “a picture is worth a thousand words” check out the caption in the linked article (already posted upthread):

    Which means the military is offloading nearly 25,000 MRAPs, mostly to municipal police departments nationwide.

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  33. August 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    A beautifully written investigation into the emotions swirling around Robin Williams life and death:

  34. August 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm
  35. 89 Jeff
    August 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Shit it’s getting out of control with the way the police, they look highly militarized like Egypt’s or Israels. The only difference is Egypt and Israels tend to use live rounds while so far here they’ve been using rubber bullets.

  36. August 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm


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