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Combs, Richard wrote:
> Ned Bedinger wrote:
>> I heard that congress passed a 13-week extension of UI benefits
>> yesterday. I think they only do that when unemployment rates are high.
>> Just FYI,
> The nationwide unemployment rate declined slightly last month from 5.1
> to 5.0 per cent. That's up from the 4.6-4.9% range during 2006-2007, but
> still well below the average for the 1990s, which I believe was close to
> Back then, 5.5-6% was considered "full employment." There's always some
> amount of what economists call "frictional unemployment" -- in a dynamic
> economy, jobs and jobseekers are continually in flux, and transitions
> from one to another aren't instantaneous.
> Just FYI. Can you tell I have an Econ degree? :-)
Cool, I worked at UI in a past lifetime and never heard about frictional
unemployment. It is a useful concept. There's another one that I find
very telling--they ocassionally mention that class of unemployed workers
who have given up looking for work. They're not counted among the
unemployed. Neither are the people who leave the military at the end of
their hitch. The picture I get from the numbers the government uses for
propaganda, and the the actual universe of unemployed people, looks like
something I'd expect to see only in a kaleidoscope.
I studied econ for a while. I fumbled it when we considered the value of
the last barrel of oil. I think the invisible hand is a lotta hokum. It
couldn't be worth that much!
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