More good economic news:
Despite signs that the recession gripping the nation’s economy may be easing, the unemployment rate is projected to continue rising for another year before topping out in double digits, a prospect that threatens to slow growth, increase poverty and further complicate the Obama administration’s message of optimism about the economic outlook.
The likelihood of severe unemployment extending into the 2010 midterm elections and beyond poses a significant political hurdle to President Obama and congressional Democrats, who are already under fire for what critics label profligate spending. Continuing high unemployment rates would undercut the fundamental argument behind much of that spending: the promise that it will create new jobs and improve the prospects of working Americans, which Obama has called the ultimate measure of a healthy economy.
Also, via Atrios, we learn that continuing jobless claims dipped because people simply are no longer eligible. And I have to agree with Atrios- what exactly is recovering in this recovery if everyone is broke and out of work and the numbers for everything except
Government Goldman Sachs bonuses are down? I understand that unemployment is a lagging indicator, so please don’t spam the comments with that (it is an insight so trite it ranks up there with “correlation does not equal causation.” Thanks. I had intro to stats as an undergrad, too.).
And I’m being serious. What exactly are we basing these claims of green shoots and recovery on other than pixie dust?