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Friday News: “Trump, Driven by Fear”; “The Art of the Flail”; “Scott Pruitt’s Scandals Won’t Stop Coming”; “Trade war puts Virginia farmers at risk”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, April 6.

  • Jim B

    From the MSNBC’s Maddow last night it appears Pruitt works for Carl Icahn. He took a overseas trip to promote Icahn’s gas company which is odd considering the EPA is not charged with that kind of work. The owner of the house Pruitt rented is a lobbist for the Icahn gas company among others.

  • Total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 in March, and the unemployment
    rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
    today. Employment increased in manufacturing, health care, and mining.

    Household Survey Data

    In March, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month,
    and the number of unemployed persons, at 6.6 million, changed little. (See table
    A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.7 percent),
    adult women (3.7 percent), teenagers (13.5 percent), Whites (3.6 percent), Blacks
    (6.9 percent), Asians (3.1 percent), and Hispanics (5.1 percent) showed little or
    no change in March. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    At 1.3 million, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or
    more) was little changed in March and accounted for 20.3 percent of the unemployed.
    Over the year, the number of long-term unemployed was down by 338,000. (See table
    A-12.)

    The labor force participation rate, at 62.9 percent, changed little in March, and
    the employment-population ratio held at 60.4 percent. (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 5.0 million in March.
    These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part
    time because their hours had been reduced or because they were unable to find full-
    time jobs. (See table A-8.)

    In March, 1.5 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 450,000 discouraged workers in March,
    essentially unchanged 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 1.0 million persons marginally attached
    to the labor force in March 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 edged up by 103,000 in March, following a large
    gain in February (+326,000). In March, employment grew in manufacturing, health
    care, and mining. (See table B-1.)

    In March, employment in manufacturing rose by 22,000, with all of the gain in the
    durable goods component. Employment in fabricated metal products increased over
    the month (+9,000). Over the year, manufacturing has added 232,000 jobs; the durable
    goods component accounted for about three-fourths of the jobs added.

    In March, health care added 22,000 jobs, about in line with its average monthly
    gain over the prior 12 months. Employment continued to trend up over the month in
    ambulatory health care services (+16,000) and hospitals (+10,000).

    Employment in mining increased by 9,000 in March, with gains occurring in support
    activities for mining (+6,000) and in oil and gas extraction (+2,000). Mining
    employment has risen by 78,000 since a recent low in October 2016.

    Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in March
    (+33,000) and has risen by 502,000 over the year.

    Retail trade employment changed little in March (-4,000), after increasing by
    47,000 in February. In March, employment declined by 13,000 in general merchandise
    stores, offsetting a gain of the same size in February. Over the year, employment
    in retail trade has shown little net change.

    In March, employment in construction also changed little (-15,000), following a
    large gain in February (+65,000).

    Employment changed little over the month in other major industries, including
    wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities,
    leisure and hospitality, and government.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged
    at 34.5 hours in March. In manufacturing, the workweek edged down by 0.1 hour to
    40.9 hours; overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.6 hours. The average workweek for
    production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged down by
    0.1 hour to 33.7 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In March, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls
    rose by 8 cents to $26.82. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased
    by 71 cents, or 2.7 percent. Average hourly earnings for private-sector production
    and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.42 in March. (See tables
    B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for January was revised down from
    +239,000 to +176,000, and the change for February was revised up from +313,000 to
    +326,000. With these revisions, employment gains in January and February combined
    were 50,000 less than previously reported. (Monthly revisions result from additional
    reports received from businesses and government agencies since the last published
    estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors.) After revisions, job gains
    have averaged 202,000 over the last 3 months.

  • Corey

    Definitely enjoyed the bullele story on Corey..
    Looks like this will be a good primary for democrats to x over and vote for him.
    He is at least slightly worse than the others… yes, that’s an arguable close call.

    The Andrew Sullivan column at ny mag is worth a read
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/04/trump-isnt-merely-tolerating-torture-hes-celebrating-it.html

    The headline says it all… the US choosing not to torture is what separates us from the Nazis. On the other hand, if the senate turns Gina Haspel down, trump will nominate some faux news talking head.