“Hopey, Changey Thing?” – Working Out Excellently

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Chicago Tribune: Fastest U.S. Hiring Since 1999 As Company Confidence Rises

A family-run concrete business in Michigan, the U.S.’s second-biggest carmaker, the largest railroad and a solar power provider in California are all hiring as industrial companies lead a broad labor-market rebound that’s on pace to add the most jobs in 15 years. Employment may be headed for a “breakout year” as companies feel more secure adding to payrolls following several years of demand rising only to stumble on threats from U.S. budget standoffs, a debt-ceiling induced default and a European credit crisis, said Marisa Di Natale, a director at Moody’s Analytics. Industries from construction to autos to oil and gas are increasing jobs as growth accelerates after a harsh winter stunted business. Help-wanted signs at concrete company Kent Cos. is one indication of a hiring rebound that could create more than 2.56 million jobs, the most since 1999, if the pace is sustained. Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway plans to grow by 2,100 positions in 2014. SolarCity is adding 400 people a month at the rooftop power-system installer backed by Elon Musk. At Ford, hiring is so strong that the automaker predicts it may beat a 2011 plan to bring on 12,000 new workers by 2015.

Jeff VanderLaan, chief executive officer at Kent Cos., plans to add 100 people this year, a 27 percent jump in his workforce to a record 475. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based provider of services such as pouring floors and installing piers is seeing business boom in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio. May employment growth was also driven by the oil and gas extraction industry at 7.6 percent and building construction at 5.2 percent. Outpatient care jumped 5.8 percent and motor vehicles and auto parts climbed 4.3 percent. The continued recovery in homebuilding is crucial for the job market, Di Natale said. Beyond the direct construction jobs, new homebuilding spurs purchases of carpets, flooring, lighting, appliances and furniture. Moody’s is forecasting job growth of 1.8 percent this year, which would be the highest rate since 2005, and for it to peak at 2.4 percent in 2016. Housing starts on an annual basis surpassed 1 million in May and April. They had declined to as low as 478,000 in April 2009, creating pent-up need for homes and apartments. The boom in technology has driven the unemployment rate below 1 percent in the industry. New financial regulations and requirements for the Affordable Care Act are also boosting demand for professionals, he said.

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119 Responses to ““Hopey, Changey Thing?” – Working Out Excellently”

  1. July 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    It takes everyone working together.

  2. 7 Don
    July 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Change has come!

  3. 8 Judith Fardig
    July 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Hey Vetivera up there! NW, we need to see this once/month at least until the election! Thanks for the reminder.

  4. July 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm


    Nerdy? Love ya, Chelsea Girl – thank you. Hopey Changey is a joy 🙂

  5. July 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Hey, everyone. Y’all had a good 4th of July? I cooked and ate a lot. Also, slept a lot. In fact, just got up from my second nap. No joke. 🙂

  6. July 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    So chia seeds are supposed to be the new super food. Fixes a variety of ailments, like high cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes. (Or at least helps ameliorate them.) Also good for losing weight. So I’ll be having chia seed smoothies for a few weeks and will report my findings.

    • July 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Is this for real? 😉

    • July 5, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Chia seeds reportedly have the highest levels of protein in the plant kingdom. They are also used as an egg white replacement in baking, or thickening. Been using them daily for, huh, a year and 1/2, I guess, what I find is a decreasing interest in animal-based proteins. Use daily on my muesli, or in the cereal at breakfast. I’m sure there are more adventurous ways to use them, but I haven’t explored them yet!

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      July 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Lib_L, are you supposed to have only the smoothies and no other food? See, I have been having chia seeds for a month or so now (when i remember) and *I* haven lost any weight. Of course I’ve continued to eat normally (my eye caught them when I was in the health food store and figuring if they were there they should be healthy I decided to give them a try. I didn’t get the ad re new super food or weight loss.)

  7. July 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    These people are purposefully breathing in/spewing coal JUST to spite President Obama:

    • July 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Vocativ had an article on the phenomenon. The idiots they interviewed sounded like, well, idiots. People spending $5K to outfit their trucks to spew filth. And they loved doing it around hybrids.

    • 37 Nerdy Wonka
      July 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      They’re causing harm to themselves, wasting money, polluting their environment and believe that this affects President Obama?


      The stupid. It literally burns.

    • 41 lockewasright
      July 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      ‘Conservative’ should just be added to the thesaurus under ‘sociopath’.

    • July 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Obama Derangement Syndrome is real.

      And, it’s a psychosis. These people need mental help.

    • 43 Nena20409
      July 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Stupidity of the Ignorant.

      Don’t they have children? Are they not of this Universe? Do they Not breath the same Air and exhale CO2? Are they Not Citizens of these USA? Hate is a stagnating illness.

  8. July 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Oh man, didn’t know Neymar was out of the WC.

  9. July 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Watching BBC1. They’re showing a report on Robben’s diving. When it’s slowed down, he looks so ridiculous. Every foul breaks his ankle.

  10. 48 Vicki
    July 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    VERY gracious exit interview with jay Carney in Sunday NY Times mag. Love Jay even more.

  11. July 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Costa Rica, los mata gigantes! Arriba Ticos!

  12. July 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

  13. 52 desertflower
    July 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm


  14. 56 GGAIL
    July 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Holland waste a lot of time passing.

  15. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    July 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Wendy’s supporters are busy!

  16. 62 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    “Fastest U.S. Hiring Since 1999 As Company Confidence Rises”

    But, but, but the media and GOP had told me that letting the Bush tx cuts expire would be bad for companies.

  17. 63 GGAIL
    July 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Boom! Yellow card!

  18. 64 anniebella
    July 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Who won the women’s Wimbledon championship? And who is in the men’s final?

  19. 67 GGAIL
    July 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hahaha, the univision announcer just squeal like a girl

  20. 68 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I’m sorry but this is SICK, and it should be publicly condemned by the City of Norfolk, and VA state officials. Otherwise silence implies consent/approval of the hate message. This was not part of a private, close-doored RW event, it was at a public parade using city/local/government resources.

  21. July 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Chips, what’s up with RVP???

  22. July 5, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    How the hell did the ball not go in?!

  23. July 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Netherlands: transfer value of ca. $250m
    Costa Rica: transfer value of ca. $51m

    The minnows cause another of the Low Countries a headache

  24. July 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Sorta amazing that Costa Rica has survived this long, given the stats.

  25. 88 GGAIL
    July 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    This game is making me old

  26. July 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    The Dutch are just cursed.

  27. July 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Ut oh, super goalkeeper is getting treatment.

  28. July 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Another offside for RVP.

  29. July 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Amk should be waking up around now and grumbling “typical ewropeeans”.

  30. July 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Dear Mr. van Gaal:

    Robin van Persie is very tired. He has a big club season coming up. Perhaps it’s time to rest him. I’m sure the team will perform magnificently in his absence.



  31. 97 GGAIL
    July 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Chips, maybe if you go pee, one of these teams will score

  32. July 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    This is going to PKs, isn’t it?

  33. July 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Man, CR should have had a penalty.

  34. 109 JER
    July 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    President Obama is back at White House.

  35. 112 Nena20409
    July 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Great Post NW

    The Dutch and Costa Ricans are driving Me MAD!

    It’s like watching paint dry. Netherlands are offside way too much and the Costa Ricans are not getting to the goalpost of the Dutch as much as I would like them to……though in the last few minutes, they have gotten better.

    It is going to be resolved by PKs.

  36. 113 Nena20409
    July 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Gold for Vetivera24.


  37. July 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    OMG, the crossbar again!!!!!

  38. July 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

  39. 119 Nena20409
    July 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    PKs are Coming…..Looming and the one side with the Calmest of Nerves will Win.

    Even though the odd makers had the Dutch 76% favorite to win…….The Futbul gods are with CRC. 4.8M people. Ranked the Happiest people of any Nation.

    The Costa Ricans are going to the Semi-Finals of the FIFA World Cup. If ‘am wrong, Please Do Not Quote Me 😉

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