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California Unemployment Rate Hits New Record, Michigan Unemployment Picks Up Again

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The unemployment rate in California has hit another record, at 12.2%, while the temporary reprieve in Michigan, which may have been due to a temporary pick up in labor as a result of CfC, is back to losing jobs: after hitting a record 15.2% in June, and dropping to 15% in July, the August unemployment rate is once again at the 15.2% high. Only 17 states reported declining unemployment rates in August, led by Indiana (-6.6%), Colorado (-6.4%) and Virginia (-5.8%). On the other end, the biggest labor losers were: New Mexico: 7.1%, Nevada: 5.6%, Louisiana: 5.4%, District of Columbia: 4.7%, and New York: 4.7%.

All this information is, of course, useless - we all know unemployment is a lagging indicator. If you think it is relevant at all to a vibrant economy and to a stock market that reflects more than the bipolar mood swings of Atari's vacuum tubes, you should be taken out back and shot like the unpatriotic dog you are.

Source: BLS


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Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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California and florida are the place to be unemployed. Good weather.

Michigan. Not so much.

The autoworkers should build an unemployment vehicle. With a kicking stereo and armor plating.

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:36 | Link to Comment Charles Wilson
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Bonus Question!  Put away your ca'calaters and cel-fone.

"Which state has the worst Homeless Problem?"


Did you guess Hawai'i, boys and girls?

I knew you knew that.



Fri, 09/18/2009 - 13:10 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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See. Being warm causes homelessness. It's got NOTHING to do with the economy!!! Why do you think so many people went to california during the great depression. Not for jobs just because it's homelessness friendly. This time we should shoot for hawaii. We have more things that can float now and someone surely will have some trolling motors they don't throw away or sell before becoming homeless.

Sat, 09/19/2009 - 04:52 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:29 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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Mexico should be even better... and cheaper.

We should get there early before the Mexicans get there.

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 15:32 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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Kill the drug dealers, kill the mob. Change the language to french. By the time the mexicans get back they will be so pissed at having to learn ANOTHER language they will just give up and go back.

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:23 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:27 | Link to Comment lizzy36
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Tyler, haven't you been paying attention. 

All the bad news is priced in.Who cares that 70% of GDP is consumer consumption. Apparently (defying the laws of gravity) a  jobless recovery is well underway. 

Leisman said yesterday that he thinks unemployment will peak under 10%.

Barclays raised US Q1 GDP to +5%.

At this point i am not even sure unemployment should properly be considered an economic indicator. 

DOW 25,000!


Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:33 | Link to Comment You Cant Handle...
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I'm sorry but we don't talk about the market in decimal anymore.

If you want the HFT software to understand you, please speak in binary.

What you meant to say is:

DOW 0110000110101000!



Sat, 09/19/2009 - 04:05 | Link to Comment chindit13
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The unemployment figures are grossly overstated.  What was yesterday's "consultant" has become today's "daytrader".

Would you rather sweat all day in an auto plant for a measly $28/hr all-in, or sit comfortably at home in your jammies long AIG and DDRX and IYR, checking out Amanda Drury, and swilling Wild Turkey?  By 6 PM even short bald guys like Cramer look good and sound like Kathleen Battle.


Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 13:18 | Link to Comment Careless Whisper
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The Atari is powered by the famed 6502 as are many robots.


Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:34 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:58 | Link to Comment D.O.D.
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:24 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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Fuck yeah! ... kinda katchy

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Veteran
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Hell, here in CA everyone is waiting for the housing rebound we keep hearing about.  who needs jobs when you can cash out refi? 

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:09 | Link to Comment stoverny
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Jobs are so 20th-century.  Haven't you seen Wall-E?  Only a matter of time before we are all overfed blobs zooming around in floating chairs, enjoying perpetual liesure.  We've already got hit TV shows about the morbidly obese on a crash diet.  We're outsourcing all physical labor to those whom divine providence didn't shine quite so brightly on.  We're almost there.

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:50 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:35 | Link to Comment You Cant Handle...
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Talking about unemployment stats isn't practical for me.

What I need help on:  How do I wear a sandwich board on the Internet?

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:57 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 18:04 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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Pay option ARM's gotta do even better in a 12.2% U3 environment!  WhoT!  Green Shoots are growing in Imperial County!  Buy.  Buy.  Buy.

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