Purely a political decision: Nunes steps aside.
Purely wonderful: Amazon will create 30,000 part-time jobs.
Jobs. From CNBC:
- better than expected
- biggest drop in nearly two years
- largest since the week ending April 25, 2015
- estimate: 250,000
- actual: 234,000
- previous week: revised up 1,000
- claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market for 109 straight weeks. That is the longest stretch since 1970 when the labor market was smaller.
- the labor market is currently near full employment.
- four-week moving average fell 4,500 to 250,000
- the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid decreased 24,000 to 2.03 million in the week ended March 25
- the four-week moving average of the so-called continuing claims fell 7,750 to 2.02 million, the lowest level since 2000
2017 Geico Rock Award nominee: Lonnie Golden, economics professor at Penn State University.
"There’s no clear association with the implementation of the “employer mandate” in Obamacare and the time trend in involuntary part-time workers, said Lonnie Golden, economics professor at Penn State University and author of that EPI report."From MarketWatch today:
Seeking more flexibility, American workers are working from home and part-time, but these jobs often come with fewer benefits. In fact, the number of Americans working involuntarily part-time rose 45% since 2007 to 6.4 million, a December 2016 report by the Economic Policy Institute found. The EPI, a nonprofit think-tank in Washington, D.C., said the increase is almost entirely due to the inability of workers to find full-time jobs, leaving many workers to take or keep lower-paying jobs with less consistent hours to make ends meet. And more than half (54%) of the growth in these involuntary part-time jobs between 2007 and 2015 were in retail, leisure and hospitality industries.