Monday, September 05, 2011

Labor Day: Few Labor Stories

by Bill McBride on 9/05/2011 04:02:00 PM

With the unemployment rate at 9.1% and almost 14 million Americans unemployed, with the alternate measure of unemployment (U-6) at 16.2%, with 6 million workers unemployed for more than 6 months, and with 6.9 million fewer payroll jobs than at the beginning of the 2007 recession, one might think every major publication would lead with a labor story on Labor Day. One would be wrong.

A quick glance shows zero labor stories on the front page on the NY Times - or on the Business page. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

LA Times? Same story - no stories.

The WSJ? One story, sort of. Infrastructure Likely Part Of Obama Jobs Push

President Barack Obama signaled Monday he'll propose a major infrastructure program and an extension of a payroll tax break in the jobs speech he planned to deliver Thursday before a joint session of Congress.
The WaPo? A few opinion pieces.

CNBC? You guessed it. Zip.

Here is a new survey: Out of Work and Losing Hope: The Misery and Bleak Expectations of American Workers (ht Ann)
The unemployed are pessimistic about the prospects of an economic recovery, and have gotten more so over time. In August 2009, 56% thought that the economy would begin to recover within two years. Now, two years later, only 29% think the economy will begin to recover in the next two years. Another 30% are thinking in a time frame of three to five years, leaving 42% that believe that economic recovery is more than five years down the road. This is a strong statement about the likelihood of recovery: almost three quarters of the unemployed do not see an economic recovery even in the space of the next two years.
Misery. Bleak expectations. And almost no labor stories ... on Labor Day.

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