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Friday News: Lyin’ Ryan Has No Clue How Healthcare Works; VA GOP Attacks Northam, Perriello for Supporting $15/Hour


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, March 10.

  • Video: Stephen Colbert — The Creators Of TrumpCare On TrumpCare: ‘Don’t Call It TrumpCare’


    • Quizzical

      Could call it the Dilligas Act


    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the
    unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of
    Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in construction,
    private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.

    Household Survey Data

    The number of unemployed persons, at 7.5 million, changed little in February.
    The unemployment rate, at 4.7 percent, was little changed over the month but
    was down from 4.9 percent a year earlier. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate decreased for Whites to
    4.1 percent in February, while the jobless rates for adult men (4.3 percent),
    adult women (4.3 percent), teenagers (15.0 percent), Blacks (8.1 percent),
    Asians (3.4 percent), and Hispanics (5.6 percent) showed little or no change.
    (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was
    essentially unchanged at 1.8 million in February and accounted for 23.8 percent
    of the unemployed. Over the year, the number of long-term unemployed was down
    by 358,000. (See table A-12.)

    In February, the labor force participation rate, at 63.0 percent, and the
    employment-population ratio, at 60.0 percent, showed little change. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes
    referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed at 5.7 million
    in February. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment,
    were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they
    were unable to find full-time jobs. (See table A-8.)

    In February, 1.7 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force,
    little different from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)
    These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for
    work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not
    counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks
    preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 522,000 discouraged workers in February, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)
    Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they
    believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.2 million persons
    marginally attached to the labor force in February had not searched for work for
    reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February. Job gains
    occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care,
    and mining. (See table B-1.)

    In February, construction employment increased by 58,000, with gains in specialty
    trade contractors (+36,000) and in heavy and civil engineering construction
    (+15,000). Construction has added 177,000 jobs over the past 6 months.

    Employment in private educational services rose by 29,000 in February, following
    little change in the prior month (-5,000). Over the year, employment in the
    industry has grown by 105,000.

    Manufacturing added 28,000 jobs in February. Employment rose in food manufacturing (+9,000) and machinery (+7,000) but fell in transportation equipment (-6,000). Over the past 3 months, manufacturing has added 57,000 jobs.

    Health care employment rose by 27,000 in February, with a job gain in ambulatory
    health care services (+18,000). Over the year, health care has added an average
    of 30,000 jobs per month.

    Employment in mining increased by 8,000 in February, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000). Mining employment has risen by 20,000 since reaching a recent low in October 2016.

    Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in February
    (+37,000). The industry has added 597,000 jobs over the year.

    Retail trade employment edged down in February (-26,000), following a gain of 40,000 in the prior month. Over the month, job losses occurred in general merchandise stores (-19,000); sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (-9,000); and electronics and appliance stores (-8,000).

    Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and
    warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and
    government, showed little or no change over the month.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.4 hours in February. In manufacturing, the workweek was unchanged at 40.8 hours, and overtime remained at 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls has been 33.6 hours since August 2016. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In February, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls
    increased by 6 cents to $26.09, following a 5-cent increase in January. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 71 cents, or 2.8 percent. In February, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $21.86 in February. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised down from +157,000 to +155,000, and the change for January was revised up from +227,000 to +238,000. With these revisions, employment gains in December and January combined were 9,000 more than previously reported. Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 209,000 per month.

  • LG Ralph Northam statement call for reinstatement of “one gun a month” policy in Virginia.

    “Virginia had it right the first time we put ‘one gun a month’ in place over twenty years ago. I voted against its repeal in 2012 because I knew it would roll out the welcome mat to weapons traffickers. Once again, we find ourselves to be the source of an ‘iron pipeline’ of weapons that spreads to other states and across our Commonwealth. We are long overdue for a return to this common sense standard of limiting gun purchases to one a month and ensuring weapons remain only in the hands of law-abiding Virginians.”

  • Video: Rep. Don Beyer Defends Work, Mission and Employees of EPA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQYUlNxIBj8

  • Rep. Donald McEachin on jobs report:

    “Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, our country is economically performing strongly. The February jobs report directly contradicts President Trump’s belief that he inherited a big mess. He inherited eight years of consistent progressive policies from which hard-working Americans continue to benefit.

    “SteelFab, a leading American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified fabricator of structural steel in the United States, will expand their operations in my congressional district. Investments and job creation projects like this one don’t happen amid a mess. I’m glad that my constituents will be able to benefit.”

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on the President’s Plan to Cut Coast Guard Funds to Pay for Border Wall

    Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to the President’s proposed budget that would cut $1.3 billion from the Coast Guard to pay for the border wall with Mexico:

    “Slashing the Coast Guard budget in order to pay for a needless and impractical border wall will make our nation less safe and kill jobs in states like Virginia.

    “This proposal is not about making our nation safer, it’s about keeping a misguided campaign promise. Last year the Coast Guard was responsible for 6,100 interdictions of individuals who could have potentially violated U.S. law and threatened the safety of our communities. In other words, the men and women of the Coast Guard are already doing the job of keeping our borders secure, hamstringing those efforts would be reckless under any scenario.

    “Virginia has the largest concentration of Coast Guard members working within our borders of any state in the nation. They protect our shores and they also contribute significantly to our economy. On behalf of the people of Virginia I urge President Trump to scrap this foolish proposal and get behind the men and women who are already doing the hard work of keeping our country safe.”