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Old 01-29-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default US Economy Grows At Fastest Rate In 6 Years

Good News.... LINK: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35141308...s_and_economy/
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Default Re: US Economy Grows At Fastest Rate In 6 Years

Still, economists expect growth to slow this year as companies finish restocking inventories and as government stimulus efforts fade. Many estimate the nation's gross domestic product will grow 2.5 percent to 3 percent in the current quarter and about 2.5 percent or less for the full year.

That won't be fast enough to significantly reduce the unemployment rate, now 10 percent. Most analysts expect the rate to keep rising for several months and remain close to 10 percent through the end of the year.



I thought Obama said his stimulas plan would keep unemployment levels below 8%? The truth is the real unemployment level in this country is probably well over 20% if you include those that have stopped looking for work and "underemployed" individuals who have settled for positions and wages well under what their skills and education level would suggest.

If Obama and the Democrats ever finally bully in their health care bill expect unemployment to rise another 5% or more, as smaller businesses are forced into smaller work staffs ( working longer hours) to offset the rising cost of empoyee health benifits.

Another wonderfull victory for O.

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Didn't have to look any further than the link, msnbc.
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Didn't have to look any further than the link, msnbc.

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See the source? Department of Commerce.
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Wages and benefits rise weak 1.5 percent in 2009


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wages and benefits paid to U.S. workers posted a modest gain in the fourth quarter, ending a year in which recession-battered workers saw their compensation rise by the smallest amount on records going back more than a quarter-century.

The anemic gains have raised concerns about the durability of the economic recovery. The fear is that consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, could falter if households don't have the income growth to support their spending.

The Labor Department said Friday that wages and benefits rose by 0.5 percent in the three months ending in December. For the entire year, wages and benefits were up 1.5 percent, the weakest showing on records that go back to 1982.

The 1.5 percent increase in total compensation in 2009 was about half the 2.6 percent increase in 2008 and both years represented the smallest gains for the government's Employment Compensation Index.

Last year, wages were up by just 1.5 percent and benefits rose by the same 1.5 percent, both record lows. In 2008, wages and salaries had been up 2.7 percent and benefits, which cover such things as health insurance and pension contributions, had risen by 2.2 percent.

The 0.5 percent rise in the fourth quarter for total compensation was slightly higher than the 0.4 percent advance economists had expected, and was the biggest quarterly gain since a 0.6 percent rise in the third quarter of 2008. Compensation had been up 0.4 percent in both the second and third quarters of this year.

Workers' compensation has been battered by the country's deep recession as a loss of 7.2 million jobs over the past two years has depressed wage gains. A separate report from the Labor Department earlier this month showed that nonsupervisory workers' inflation-adjusted weekly earnings fell by 1.6 percent last year, the sharpest drop since 1990.

The concern among economists is that the economic recovery that began in the summer could falter in coming months if consumer spending slows as households remain fearful about boosting spending in the face of such anemic wage growth.

The slow growth in employee compensation has allowed the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at record low levels in an effort to jump-start economic activity since wage pressures, often a major force driving inflation higher, have been absent.


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I know Obama hasn't been doing the best job as president, he's been way to liberal for this country... But I really hope he does succeed and the economy keeps growing.
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That won't be fast enough to significantly reduce the unemployment rate, now 10 percent. Most analysts expect the rate to keep rising for several months and remain close to 10 percent through the end of the year. [/I]


I thought Obama said his stimulas plan would keep unemployment levels below 8%? The truth is the real unemployment level in this country is probably well over 20% if you include those that have stopped looking for work and "underemployed" individuals who have settled for positions and wages well under what their skills and education level would suggest.

If Obama and the Democrats ever finally bully in their health care bill expect unemployment to rise another 5% or more, as smaller businesses are forced into smaller work staffs ( working longer hours) to offset the rising cost of empoyee health benifits.

Another wonderfull victory for O.

Good points, however I would imagine the underemployment & those who have stopped looking for work are not an "Obama" issue. They always exist.

I would love to see this "growth" trend continue, unfortunately it may be just a blip on the radar. We'll see.
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