Jobless Claims Remain at Half-Century Low Initial Claims, Fell to 204,000 in the Week Ended Sept. 8, 2018
MORE GREAT ECONOMIC NEWS …
As reported at the WSJ, initial jobless claims have fallen to 204,000, the lowest level since December 1969. More great news for the Trump administration. How many good economic indicators must be done under President Donald Trump before it becomes obvious, the reason for the great economy is his policies and the tax cuts?
The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell last week, remaining at a half-century low for the second-straight week.
Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., fell by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 204,000 in the week ended Sept. 8, the Labor Department said Thursday. This is the lowest level since December 1969. Unemployment benefit applications were near this level last week too.
Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected 210,000 new claims last week.
Data can be volatile from week to week. The four-week moving average of claims, a steadier measure, fell 2,000 to 208,000, also the lowest level since 1969.
Jobless claims have remained low in recent years, as the labor market continues to tighten and managers face difficulty finding qualified employees.
Thursday’s report showed the number of claims workers made for longer than a week declined by 15,000 to 1,696,000 in the week ended Sept. 1. The figure, also known as continuing claims, is reported with a one-week lag.
MAGA: 72% of Blue Collar Workers are OPTIMISTIC About Future and 67% of Blue Collar Workers are HAPPY!!!
THE FORGOTTEN MEN AND WOMEN ARE HAPPY AND OPTIMISTIC UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP …
A new survey of white and blue collar employees have provided some amazing results. 72% of blue collar workers and 76% of white collar workers are optimistic about their future. Also, 67% of blue collar workers state they are happy at their work. The 2016 presidential election victory by Donald Trump was a victory for the forgotten blue collar men and women of America. Blue collar workers are very optimistic about the future.
By many measures, America’s blue-collar workers are confronting a challenging present and uncertain future. The twin threats of outsourcing and automation show few signs of slowing, causing some pundits to question whether the American dream remains attainable for working-class families.
However, research suggests the outlook for white-collar professionals may also be less than rosy. Whereas blue-collar workers have actually enjoyed rising wages in recent months, white-collar professionals have seen their pay remain largely stagnant. Plus, large-scale surveys indicate office workers are feeling deeply disconnected from their work, leading to burnout and poor performance.
Keep this in mind for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. It is not about what the MSM tells you or a skewed poll, it’s always about the economy.
MORE GREAT ECONOMIC NEWS …
As reported at CBS – Boston, Middle class income levels are back to where they were during 2000. The Pew Research Center report, which used the most recent data available; however wait until they use the 2017 and 2018 economic data that will show the levels have blown above the reported 2016 ones.
No wonder the middle class is feeling squeezed. Its income is only returning to where it was in 2000.
The typical family of three had an income of just under $78,450 in 2016, according to a Pew Research Center report, which used the most recent data available. In 2000, it was just under $78,100.
Whatever advances the middle class made in the early 2000s were snuffed out by the Great Recession, said Rakesh Kochhar, a senior researcher at Pew. Its median income had dropped to $74,000 by 2010, and it took several years to return because of the historically slow economic recovery just after the downturn.
Only upper income families have seen some uptick. Their income rose to nearly $187,900 in 2016, compared to $183,700 in 2000.
The Census Bureau will report median household income for 2017 for the nation overall on Wednesday. It rose to just over $59,000 in 2016, up 3.2% from a year earlier.
ANOTHER ECONOMIC RECORD FOR THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY …
As reported at CNBC, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index jumped to 108.8 last month, an all-time high. This is the highest level ever recorded in the survey’s 45-year history and above the previous record of 108 in 1983, set during the second year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. President Donald Trump is making good on his promise to “Making America Great Again.”
U.S. small business optimism surged to a record in August as the tax cuts and deregulation efforts of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress led to more sales, hiring and investment, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business.
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index jumped to 108.8 last month, the highest level ever recorded in the survey’s 45-year history and above the previous record of 108 in 1983, set during the second year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. The August figure was up from a 107.9 reading in July.
The NFIB noted record readings for job creation plans and the amount of owners saying it was a good time to expand. Capital spending plans were the highest since 2007.
“Today’s groundbreaking numbers are demonstrative of what I’m hearing everyday from small business owners – that business is booming,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan, in a press release Tuesday. “As the tax and regulatory landscape changed, so did small business expectations and plans.”
I guess Obama will take credit for this as well.
Another great jobs report courtesy of the Trump economy ….
As reported at CNBC, 201,000 jobs added to the U.S. economy in August as payroll and wage growth both beat expectations. Economists were predicting a 195,000 payroll gain. Jobs, jobs and more jobs added. Welcome to the Trump economy.
Long-awaited wage growth posted a recovery high in August while payroll gains beat expectations and the unemployment rate held near a generational low of 3.9 percent, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday.
Average hourly earnings rose 2.9 percent for the month on an annualized basis, while nonfarm payrolls grew by 201,000. Economists surveyed by Reuters had been expecting earnings to rise 2.7 percent, payrolls to increase by 191,000 and the jobless level to decline one-tenth of a point to 3.8 percent.
The biggest contributor to job gains was professional and business services, which added 53,000. Heath care grew by 33,000, wholesale trade rose by 22,000, and transportation and warehousing contributed 20,000 to the total.
There also were 6,000 new mining jobs in a profession that has added 104,000 positions since October 2016, primarily in support activities.
Construction also grew by 23,000, though manufacturing lost 3,000 positions.
Average hourly earnings increased 10 cents for the month to $27.16.