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Friday News: GOP Has “Only One Idea,” and It’s a Bad One; “Trumpism infects the Virginia GOP”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news, headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, September 1.

  • Quizzical

    Tesla manufacturing solar roof panels in New York
    https://www.voanews.com/a/tesla-starts-production-of-solar-cells-in-buffalo-new-york-/4010383.html
    I hope these catch on.

    • ghostofjanetflaneur

      Yes. I do too.

  • Will Hurricane Irma come Virginia’s way? It certainly looks possible.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/irma57days.jpg

  • Quizzical

    A useful Vox article on the Native nail Flood Insurance Program:

    The National Flood Insurance Program was already $24 billion in debt before Harvey – Vox
    https://apple.news/Ah–M1cAzR-qUIwSep0I0oA

    Similar to Obamacare, a key to success was to overcome the adverse selection problem. But this wasn’t done in the case of the NFIP.

  • Our village idiot, illiterate “president” strikes again, “heel” that he is…

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/trumpheeling.jpg

  • THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2017

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining.

    Household Survey Data

    In August, the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, and the number of unemployed
    persons, at 7.1 million, were little changed. After declining earlier in the year,
    the unemployment rate has been either 4.3 or 4.4 percent since April. (See
    table A-1.)

    ______________________________________________________________________________
    | |
    | Hurricane Harvey |
    | |
    |Hurricane Harvey had no discernable effect on the employment and unemployment |
    |data for August. Household survey data collection was completed before the |
    |storm. Establishment survey data collection for this news release was largely |
    |completed prior to the storm, and collection rates were within normal ranges |
    |nationally and for the affected areas. For information on how unusually severe|
    |weather can affect the employment and hours estimates, see the Frequently |
    |Asked Questions section of this release. |
    |______________________________________________________________________________|

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.1 percent),
    adult women (4.0 percent), teenagers (13.6 percent), Whites (3.9 percent), Blacks
    (7.7 percent), Asians (4.0 percent), and Hispanics (5.2 percent) showed little or no
    change in August. (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 in August at 1.7 million and accounted for 24.7 percent of the unemployed.
    (See table A-12.)

    The labor force participation rate, at 62.9 percent, was unchanged in August and has
    shown little movement on net over the past year. The employment-population ratio,
    at 60.1 percent, was little changed over the month and thus far this year. (See
    table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as
    involuntary part-time workers) was essentially unchanged at 5.3 million in August and
    has shown little movement in recent months. 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 a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

    In August, 1.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, about the
    same as a year earlier. (These 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 448,000 discouraged workers in August, down
    128,000 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 1.1 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in
    August 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 156,000 in August. Job gains occurred in
    manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and
    mining. Employment growth has averaged 176,000 per month thus far this year, about in
    line with the average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016. (See table B-1.)

    Manufacturing employment rose by 36,000 in August. Job gains occurred in motor vehicles
    and parts (+14,000), fabricated metal products (+5,000), and computer and electronic
    products (+4,000). Manufacturing has added 155,000 jobs since a recent employment low
    in November 2016.

    In August, construction employment rose by 28,000, after showing little change over
    the prior 5 months. Employment among residential specialty trade contractors edged up
    by 12,000 over the month.

    Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in August
    (+22,000) and has grown by 262,000 over the last 12 months. In August, job gains
    occurred in computer systems design and related services (+8,000).

    Health care employment continued on an upward trend over the month (+20,000) and has
    risen by 328,000 over the year. Employment in hospitals edged up over the month
    (+6,000).

    Mining continued to add jobs in August (+7,000), with all of the growth in support
    activities for mining. Since a recent low in October 2016, employment in mining has
    risen by 62,000, or 10 percent.

    Employment in food services and drinking places changed little in August (+9,000),
    following an increase of 53,000 in July. Over the year, the industry has added
    283,000 jobs.

    Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, retail trade,
    transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government,
    showed little change over the month.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls declined by 0.1
    hour to 34.4 hours in August. In manufacturing, the workweek declined by 0.2 hour to
    40.7 hours, while overtime was unchanged at 3.3 hours. The average workweek for
    production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was 33.7 hours
    for the fifth consecutive month. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In August, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose
    by 3 cents to $26.39, after rising by 9 cents in July. Over the past 12 months, average
    hourly earnings have increased by 65 cents, or 2.5 percent. In August, average hourly
    earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.12. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for June was revised down from +231,000 to +210,000, and the change for July was revised down from +209,000 to +189,000. With these revisions, employment gains in June and July combined were 41,000 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 185,000 per month over the past 3 months.

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    The Employment Situation for September is scheduled to be released on Friday,
    October 6, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).