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Sunday, October 25, 2009

More on the "Job Loss" Recovery

by Calculated Risk on 10/25/2009 11:29:00 AM

From Carolyn Lochhead at the San Francisco Chronicle: Experts see rebounding economy shedding jobs

Forget a jobless recovery. The economy may be entering a recovery with job losses.
"It's not even a jobless recovery; it's a recovery with more job losses," said UCLA economist Lee Ohanian. "The idea of having essentially no net job creation after a remarkably severe recession is a real pathology for the U.S. economy."
Alarms are ringing at the White House and in Congress. But with a mind-boggling $1.4 trillion deficit this year, Democrats have used up their bullets. The word stimulus has such a bad connotation that the term has been banished from new efforts to goose the economy and help workers, such as extending unemployment benefits, sending $250 checks to seniors and a program the White House announced to help small businesses get loans.
As I noted earlier this week, so far the current recovery is even worse than "jobless"; it is a "job-loss" recovery.

This will be hot topic over next couple of months. Maybe the forecasts will be too pessimistic, but without jobs, it isn't much of a recovery.