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November 1, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 6.3%

“The U.S. economy added jobs at a steady clip in May, providing renewed evidence that the five-year-long recovery accelerated this spring,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Nonfarm employment advanced a seasonally adjusted 217,000 last month, the Labor Department said. April’s gain was revised down slightly to an increase of 282,000 from an initially reported gain of 288,000. Still, April’s improvement was the best in more than two years. March’s gain was unrevised at 203,000.”

“The jobless rate, obtained from a separate survey of households, was unchanged at 6.3% in May, matching the lowest level since September 2008.”

  • Wynstone

    Remember when the unemployment rate was the lead story on the evening news night after night? Of course, that was only news when you could use it to beat up the President. Since it’s no longer useful for that, it’s not so interesting.

    • southerndemnut

      If the UI rate drops below 6% by the 2016 elections, what will the GOP do?

      • Wynstone

        Invent more scandals! Not that it will work, but that’s obviously their playbook at this point.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THESE POLLS ARE BOGUS AND MISLEADING. THEY SAY WHATEVER SUITS THE POLITICAL PARTY’S VIEW.The Republicans & Democrats, have both Failed, the More Than 2.6 Million Unemployed Families, still Without an Extension Of Unemployment Benefits, since Late Last December. For the past Five And A Half Months, these families have had to face Evictions, Home foreclosures, Bankruptcy, and Homelessness, while these two political parties played “Party Politics” in the senate, Delaying and Postponing the vote. The Republicans in particular, have held the Extension Bill “Hostage” in the senate, never truly planning on passing the bill. When Billions of Tax Payer Dollars have been Approved for the Ukraine, and More spent on Military aid for Europe, the poor & Unemployed in this country are left alone to struggle and suffer economically. We have Representatives that are No Longer Representing the interests of the average American, but are answering to Corporate America and Special Interest Groups instead. These career politicians need be voted out of office in the coming election.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    WE’RE ADDING JOBS? WHY HAVEN’T THE MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED KNOW ABOUT THIS? PERHAPS BECAUSE THE JOBS ADDED ARE NON-LIVING WAGE JOBS WITHOUT BENEFITS, THAT WOULD ENABLE WORKERS TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES PROPERLY. THE REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED WORKERS, STILL WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS, THE SENATE HAS DENIED THESE FAMILIES UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, DRIVING THESE FAMILIES INTO FINANCIAL RUIN IN THE PROCESS. THESE FAMILIES HAVE SINCE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE WAITING FOR THE EXTENSION BILL TO PASS IN THE SENATE. THESE TWO POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION, AND COMMON DECENCY TOWARDS THESE FAMILIES. THEY HAVE INTENTIONALLY FAILED THESE PEOPLE, WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR PLIGHT OR FUTURE. REGARDLESS OF THE POLITICAL POLLS, WE ARE STILL IN A RECESSION, AND JOBS ARE STILL DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY. THESE POLITICIANS NEED A RELIALTY CHECK. THEY HAVE BECOME SO REMOVED FROM THE REST OF AMERICANS THEY CAN’T SEE WHAT’S ON THE GROUND.

  • David

    Boehner should be publically executed for the harm he has done to good American citizens and for the damage he has done to our economy. His family should be deported after they are made to watch his execution.

  • David

    If this were to go to vote by the people … and that is who should be voting on this matter the people seeing how it is the people who pay for EUC, not politicans. This would pass by overwhelming numbers if the people got to vote on it. Instead it is up to Boehner who has direction from the Koch brothers to not allow this to pass as long as he can’t get the Boehner/Koch Keystone XL Pipeline approved. Sooner or later they will tire of Boehner not being able to get the job done and they will find a new front man to line the pockets of, someone more effective at getting their dirty work done.

    • guest

      David, that’s the problem, our politicians debate and don’t let the American middle class weigh in on anything. There should be from the bottom up input into decisions made. Not by the 1% rich, Koch brothers and special interest lobby groups. Who knows what is needed for our country but the people keeping the machine rolling. Let us have input into our lives and our future.

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