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State of US Economy After Trillions of Taxpayers Funds – Update

So how is the economy given all the money the US Taxpayer are pumping into the system?

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Courtesy of CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER – Apr 3, 2009

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THE STATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT

13.2 million: People unemployed in March 2009 — the most ever in records that date to 1948

12.8 million: Population of Illinois, President Obama’s home state

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A CITY’S WORTH OF JOB LOSSES

663,000: Net loss of jobs in March 2009

637,000: Population of Baltimore

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COLLEGE STILL COUNTS

4.3 percent: Unemployment rate for college graduates

9 percent: Unemployment rate for people who graduated from high school but did not attend college

13.3 percent: Unemployment rate for those with no high school diploma

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UNDEREMPLOYED

9 million: Number of part-time workers who would have preferred full-time work last month — the most in records dating to 1955

2.1 million: People without jobs who wanted to work, were available and had looked in the last 12 months, but had not looked in the last month.

15.6 percent: Unemployment rate including involuntary part-time workers and those who hadn’t looked in 12 months — the highest in records dating to 1994

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DOWNTURNS, THEN AND NOW

8.5 percent: Unemployment rate in March 2009

10.8 percent: Unemployment rate in December 1982, one month after deep recession ended

October 1983: Last time the unemployment rate was higher than the current level

59.9 percent: Portion of the total population that had jobs in February

July 1985: Last time the portion was this low

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MARCH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY GROUP

8.8 percent: Adult men

7 percent: Adult women

10.8 percent: Female heads of households

6.4 percent: Asians

7.9 percent: Whites

11.4 percent: Hispanics

13.3 percent: Blacks

21.7 percent: Teenagers

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RECESSION AS JOB KILLER

5.1 million: Net job losses since recession began in December 2007

651,000: Jobs lost in February 2009

741,000: Jobs lost in January 2009

681,000: Jobs lost in December 2008

122,000: Jobs lost in March 2008

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WHO’S SURVEYED

60,000: Number of households interviewed in the monthly Census Bureau survey from which the unemployment rate is extrapolated

40 percent: Portion of companies in the survey of businesses, from which payroll and job loss numbers are extrapolated, with fewer than 20 employees

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Team Obama’s Summers & Geithner’s “White” Wash of Bailout Banks to Avoid Bankruptcy Proceedings

While President Obama is jetting throughout Europe, more bad economic news have hit the fan.  Joblessness continue to be on the rise with sign of slowing, services provided by states such as unemployment benefits previously extended are quickly depleting, state and local taxes on the rise with fiscal budget deficits, and retirement and pensions plans are under pressure due to drop in value and the lack of contributions.

Critics continue to berate the Team Obama economic plan and its ability to solve the crisis as home prices continue to fall and there is lack of marketability of toxic assets to investors other than the banks themselves.  In the latest critical comments offered by experts, the supposed bank stress test move is nothing more than a “scam”, a white wash placebo to calm the American people.  This critique comes quickly on the heels of the news that FASB will relax and make changes to their “mark to market” accounting rules.

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The bank stress tests currently underway are “a complete sham,” says William Black, a former senior bank regulator and S&L prosecutor, and currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. “It’s a Potemkin model. Built to fool people.” Like many others, Black believes the “worst case scenario” used in the stress test don’t go far enough.

He detailed these and related concerns in a recent interview with Naked Capitalism. But Black, who was counsel to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board during the S&L Crisis, says the program’s failings go way beyond such technical issues. “There is no real purpose [of the stress test] other than to fool us. To make us chumps,” Black says. Noting policymakers have long stated the problem is a lack of confidence, Black says Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is now essentially saying: “’If we lie and they believe us, all will be well.’ It’s Orwellian.”

The former regulator is extremely critical of Geithner, calling him a “failed regulator” now “adding to failed policy” by not allowing “banks that really need desperately to be closed” to fail. (On Saturday, Geithner said on Face the Nation, if banks need “exceptional assistance” in the future “then we’ll make sure that assistance comes with conditions,” including potentially changing management and the board, but did not say they’d be shut down.)

Black says the stress test must also be viewed in the context of Geithner’s toxic debt plan, which he calls “an enormous taxpayer subsidy for people who caused the problem.” The fact bank stocks have been rising since Geithner unveiled his plan is “bad news for taxpayers,” he says. “It’s the subsidy of all history.”

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Unemployment Update: Nation’s unemployment rate 8.5 percent March, highest since 1983

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Excerpts:

Last month’s tally of job losses was slightly higher than the 654,000 that economists expected. The rise in the unemployment rate matched expectations.

Employers cut 651,000 jobs in February when the jobless rate was 8.1 percent, the same as initially estimated. January’s job losses, however, were revised much higher, to 741,000 from 655,000. Figuring prominently into that downgrade: much deeper job cuts in construction and professional and business services. January marked the worst payroll losses since the fall of 1949.

The number of unemployed people climbed to 13.2 million in March. In addition, the number of people forced to work part time for “economic reasons” rose by 423,000 to 9 million. Those are people who would like to work full time but whose hours were cut back or were unable to find full-time work.

Looking forward, economists expect monthly job losses continuing for most — if not all of — this year.

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