the leftbaggers are celebrating!

Disappointing news on the unemployment rate: The economy added 39,000 jobs in November, but the rate is up to 9.8 percent

WH: Today’s employment report shows that private sector payrolls increased by 50,000 in November, lower than expectations, but continuing eleven consecutive months of private sector job growth. The pace was not enough to prevent the unemployment rate from climbing to 9.8 percent.

While the overall trend of economic data over the past two months has been encouraging, today’s numbers underscore the importance of extending expiring tax cuts for the middle class and unemployment insurance for those Americans who have lost their jobs.  Failure to do this would jeopardize hundreds of thousands of additional jobs, and leave millions of Americans, who are out of work through no fault of their own, on their own.

In addition to the increase in November, the estimates of private sector job growth for September (now 112,000) and October (now 160,000) were revised up. Since last December, the economy has added 1.2 million private sector jobs. So far this quarter, including today’s revisions, private sector employers have added an average of 105,000 jobs per month.

Overall payroll employment rose by 39,000 last month …  an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent is unacceptably high and we need to achieve robust employment growth in order to recover from the deep job losses that began over two years ago.  Although the overall trajectory of the economy has improved dramatically over the past year, there will surely continue to be bumps in the road ahead such as this.  The monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and employment estimates are subject to substantial revision.  Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.

It is essential that we take the additional targeted actions that the President has recommended to increase growth and job creation, such as extending tax cuts for the middle class, investing in our infrastructure, providing tax incentives to encourage businesses to invest and hire here at home, and promoting exports abroad.

The positive news (look away Leftbaggers):

Reuters: Fresh signs the U.S. economy has broken out of its summer soft patch emerged on Thursday as data showed a gauge of jobless benefits hit a new two-year low last week and pending home sales unexpectedly rose in October.

The picture also brightened as retailers recorded their best sales gains in four years in November….the reports were the latest to suggest a pick-up in activity in the fourth quarter.

“There seems to be no doubt that the economy is improving and likely to continue to improve,” said Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in North Carolina.

Initial claims for state unemployment aid increased 26,000 but a four-week moving average – a better gauge of underlying labor trends – fell to its lowest level since the week ending Aug 2, 2008.

5 Responses to “the leftbaggers are celebrating!”

  1. 1 Kelly
    December 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

    “eleven consecutive months of private sector job growth” Good job President Obama. I’ll take that over the 8 years of JOB LOSS that lead to the worst recession of our times, thanks to the failed, court appointed worst pres ever, George Bush and his Republican ilk. Leftbaggers stay pressed.

  2. December 3, 2010 at 11:19 am


  3. 3 collegekay
    December 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    There will be ups and downs but I back this POTUS no matter what. Job growth is job growth 🙂

  4. 4 Thro67
    December 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    This jobs report seems a little suspect, given the opposite news from Gallup yesterday. I smell something fishy. Regardless, things are getting better, and that’s the main point!

  5. 5 sduncan
    December 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Thro67, I have to agree with you something does not ring true. I will take job gains over job lost anyday of the week.

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