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  • #46
    Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

    Originally posted by goadam1 View Post
    why doesn't Fred answer the question: 12% or 20%? Please don't parse the answer with references to old stat formulas. Do you have different opinions? Have you revised your estimate?
    Both.

    12% in 2009. 20% in 2010. This jobs update and revisions are all for peaks in the year 2009, not total in this downturn.

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    • #47
      Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

      Originally posted by ryph View Post
      Both.

      12% in 2009. 20% in 2010. This jobs update and revisions are all for peaks in the year 2009, not total in this downturn.
      that is his answer... starting to appear optimistic at this time.

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      • #48
        Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

        Originally posted by FRED View Post
        How can unemployment peak at 9% in two years when unemployment is already 7.2%, up from 5% a year ago? Doesn't make sense. Roubini needs to sharpen his pencil and run the numbers again.
        Apparently Dr. Roubini got a new pencil but failed to sharpen it.

        Roubini said economic growth in China will slow to less than 5 percent and the U.S. will lose 6 million jobs. The American economy will expand 1 percent at most in 2010 as private spending falls and unemployment climbs to at least 9 percent, he added.
        Given the current 7.2% unemployment, how does a 6 million job loss stay anywhere near 9%? And it would seem to be a real trick for the U.S. economy to expand and still loose 6 million jobs.

        http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=ao5mihirSB1Y

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        • #49
          Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

          Any more changes based on January #?

          I noticed the birth/death model correction (manipulation) kept us from getting VERY close to 1 million...

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          • #50
            Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

            Originally posted by FRED View Post
            There is no apples-to-apples comparison between unemployment rates reported as standard in the 1970s/1980s and today. If we had to say, the old U-5 is probably between the new U-5 and U-6. We'd tell you what the numbers are but the database is currently down (see Bureau of Labor Statistics). Perhaps 9% to 10%?

            Seasonally adjusted
            U-5 8.8%
            U-6 13.9%


            Not seasonally adjusted
            U-5 9.7%
            U-6 15.4%
            http://www.NowAndTheFuture.com

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            • #51
              Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

              Originally posted by bart View Post
              Seasonally adjusted
              U-5 8.8%
              U-6 13.9%


              Not seasonally adjusted
              U-5 9.7%
              U-6 15.4%
              Thanks, bart!
              Ed.

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              • #52
                Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

                A thought just occurred to me related to this discussion of measuring unemployment.

                One of the areas which has reduced the unemployment in the last few years has been hiring by state and the federal gov't. And one thing that will slow the increase in unemployment is what the president just signed into law this week - the bill funding volunteerism, which includes stipends of up to $12,000 or so per year.

                Remember, anything measured by the gov't is really just subject to how the gov't decides to define that item ( a great example is redefinitions of cpi).

                It occurred to me that this type of "stipended work" is really just a dry run for the WPA of the 1930's. It will be very easy to double or triple or quintuple that funding.

                Anyone else see that connection?

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                • #53
                  Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

                  Originally posted by Scot View Post


                  So the Obama administration predicts his recovery plan will keep the peak in unemployment around 8% in Q3 2009 after which it drops to 5% by mid 2013.
                  With U-3 already at around 9%, even before the end of 2009 Q2, this chart is already looking absurdly optimistic.

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                  • #54
                    Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

                    ej's forecast 10% when it was 6.5%...

                    Forecast July 2008

                    Ground Zero state
                    National Unemployment Growth Rank: 4
                    Macro-economic Vulnerability: High
                    Unemployment Growth Rate: High
                    Estimated Post Recession Peak Unemployment Rate: 10%
                    Future Home Values Rating: Poor

                    ej's updated forecast 12% when it was 8.5%...

                    Actual January 2009


                    Reassessment: With unemployment already pushing 8.5% from 6.5% at the time of our previous forecast, we are revising our forecast for CA unemployment to peak at 12% versus 10%.


                    and now... 11%...



                    another update coming?
                    Last edited by metalman; 05-15-09, 08:43 AM.

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                    • #55
                      Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

                      Heck, even the "Without Recovery Plan" curve is starting to fall behind the rise in U3. Whoops.

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                      • #56
                        Re: Jobs crash arrives on schedule - Eric Janszen

                        Thought this was interesting concerning how auto job losses will be reported:

                        "The statistical treatment of those workers, which determines when and where they show up in unemployment data, is complicated.

                        Furloughed workers show up in weekly jobless claims data, but won't be counted in the monthly payroll survey. Because they remain on the payroll while they receive severance payments, the company will report them as employed. However, they may show up in the unemployment figures, which are based on a separate survey of households."

                        So even though monthly reports may start coming in at 500K or so, we'll be sitting on tens or hundreds of thousands of unemployed that will show up in weekly numbers.

                        http://www.marketwatch.com/story/qua...-in-bankruptcy

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