Category Archives: North Carolina

NC driving privileges for illegal aliens clears committee, Governor McCrory opposes, Citizen Wells opposes, Immigrants taking American jobs and being rewarded as criminals, 75 percent of Obama jobs went to Hispanics Latinos

NC driving privileges for illegal aliens clears committee, Governor McCrory opposes, Citizen Wells opposes, Immigrants taking American jobs and being rewarded as criminals, 75 percent of Obama jobs went to Hispanics Latinos

“In today’s labor market, there are nearly 1 million “missing” young workers—potential workers who are neither employed nor actively seeking work (and are thus not counted in the unemployment rate) because job opportunities remain so scarce. If these missing workers were in the labor market looking for work, the unemployment rate of workers under age 25 would be 18.1 percent instead of 14.5 percent.”…Economic Policy Institute May 1, 2014

“In February 2015 there were 43,000 fewer white Americans employed, 354,000 more not in the labor force, 96,000 more employed and we added 295,000 jobs? Was Common Core math used?”…Citizen Wells

“In December 2014 there were 18 million immigrants (legal and illegal) living in the country who had arrived since January 2000. But job growth over this period was just 9.3 million — half of new immigration.”…Center for Immigration Studies February 2015

 

 

I have been watching in amazement as municipalities around me have for several years been acknowledging ID cards issued by pro immigration groups.

These ID cards have prevented illegal aliens in NC, when stopped by traffic police from being arrested as they should be for being here illegally.

Now the state of NC may be giving illegal aliens more carte blanche as they reside in this state and take jobs from native born Americans (and yes I can prove that).

From WRAL June 9, 2015.

“NC driving privileges for people in US illegally clears committee”

“House Bill 328 would create a “restricted ID” for undocumented residents in North Carolina that would look different from a standard driver’s license. People obtaining one of the permits would need to undergo fingerprinting and background checks and prove their identity. Driving privileges would be attached to the restricted ID once applicants pass a state driving test and obtain liability insurance coverage.

While the bill cleared committee on a 22-11 vote, the measure is controversial, splitting Republicans in the House who are divided between encouraging people who are on the road anyway to get insurance and those who say the state should not provide public benefits to undocumented workers.

“What we want to do in this undocumented community is to separate those who are engaged in criminal activity from those who otherwise are not engaged in unlawful activity,” said sponsor Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan.

“I believe they are committing a crime being illegally present in the United States,” said Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham, who dialed in on provisions of the bill that would require someone who obtained one of the new driving privilege cards to be fingerprinted and undergo a background check that would ensure they hadn’t committed any serious crimes.

Gov. Pat McCrory, also a Republican, sent his legislative liaison to the committee Tuesday to express his disapproval as well.

“He is opposed to this bill,” said Ryan Minto. “He (the governor) is concerned with the provision providing driving privileges to people in the country illegally.”

During a committee meeting last week, opponents of the bill tried to do away with the driving privilege provision. That amendment, which would have left mainly punitive measures in the bill, failed.

Warren said the bill was meant to provide both a “carrot and stick” to urge drivers to obtain identification and insurance. Roughly 10 states already offer a similar privilege, Warren said, although North Carolina’s standards for obtaining the card would be more stringent than most.

Warren and other backers of the bill said that immigration is a federal issue, one the United States government hasn’t dealt with efficiently. The result, he said, was an estimated 325,000 undocumented people in North Carolina alone, a situation that has created a hazard on the state’s roads.”

Read more:

http://www.wral.com/nc-driving-privileges-for-people-in-us-illegally-clears-committee/14700178/#S5IIoEFRRXirVBq8.99

I have heard all of the arguments about the impact of illegal aliens and that they do jobs that Americans do not want.

This is simple supply and demand economics.

Take the illegals, who are willing to work for lower wages, out of the market and the wages will rise and Americans will fill the void.

An examination of the jobs situation under Obama reveals this.

From Citizen Wells June 3, 2015.

“At least 9 million native born Americans being added to the labor force and immigrants taking native born American jobs.

There was an increase of over 12 million not in the labor force since Obama took office.

The youngest members of the workforce, 16 and above will be hit the hardest by immigrant workers.

And all of those jobs that Obama bragged about and Janet Yellen and others referred to….

Of the approx. 6 million new employments since Obama took office in January 2009, 4,511,000 were Hispanic/Latino!

We have barely, if at all,  recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession and 75% of the job growth went to Hispanic/Latinos!!””

http://citizenwells.com/2015/06/03/adp-and-labor-dept-jobs-reports-will-not-matter-white-americans-and-millenials-jobs-decimated-under-obama-75-percent-of-jobs-went-to-hispanics-we-are-being-lied-to-on-a-scale-unimaginable-by-georg/

From Citizen Wells February 11, 2015.

“From the Center for Immigration Studies August 2014.

“An analysis of government data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that, since 2000, all of the net increase in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job in North Carolina has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).
This is the case even though the native-born accounted for 61 percent of growth in the state’s total working-age population.”

Read more:

http://cis.org/all-north-carolina-employment-growth-since-2000-went-to-immigrants

The NC percent of population employed dropped 8.6 percent since 2000!!!

Dr. Ada Fisher is a retired physician and Republican National Committeewoman from NC.

Yesterday by “chance” for the second time in several months, I caught her interview on “Black Issues Forum” on UNC TV.

The timing could not have been better.

Dr. Fisher is for legal immigration and against illegals entering our country.

She warns about the impact of illegal immigrants on black employment.

Watch the interview.

http://video.unctv.org/video/2365372335/

http://citizenwells.com/2015/02/11/bls-percent-of-population-working-reveals-hispanic-growth-whites-getting-screwed-no-white-job-gains-in-8-years-dr-ada-fisher-nc-gop-on-immigration-hurting-blacks-26-percent-hispanic-job-growth/

I am for legal immigration and not rewarding those who come here illegally and take advantage of our kindness and in many cases commit other criminal acts and in most cases use our resources at native born Americans’ expense.

 

 

 

 

Greensboro citywide wifi proposal, “Free” wireless access?, Government and educational institutions not answer, Jobs needed!, The problem is our entertainment culture priorities and free wifi would facilitate internet video viewing at taxpayer expense

Greensboro citywide wifi proposal, “Free” wireless access?, Government and educational institutions not answer, Jobs needed!, The problem is our entertainment culture priorities and free wifi would facilitate internet video viewing at taxpayer expense

“Greensboro has the highest property tax rate in NC. No wonder they are scrambling to attract business.”…Citizen Wells

“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”… George Bernard Shaw

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

One of my older friends, who was also raised in Greensboro, NC told me his father always said “If the government offers you anything for free, run.”

His dad was correct.

There is no free lunch.

It costs somebody(s) something and always more filtering of money spent through cumbersome government bureaucracies resulting in a small percentage of seed money being applied to the intended use.

It also, invariably, is inefficient.

My writing this article now is quite a result of “chance.” Or is it?

A few days ago I ran into someone I had met many months ago. An economist at UNCG and a colleague of Andrew Brod who is often quoted in the News Record. I actually referred to Brod in our talk about the economy and jobs. We had a long conversation about the economy and real jobs situation.

Just a few minutes ago I found the following article by “chance.”

From the Greensboro News Record June 5, 2015.

“This digital divide, which particularly is stark in rural areas, persists even in Greensboro, where 33.8 percent of residents have no access to broadband Internet, according to data from the American Community Survey.

Across the state, 28 percent of all North Carolina households have no access to the Internet. North Carolina ranks 40th in the nation for Internet access.

That’s what makes Cityfi such a strong contender for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Economic Challenge. This competition, sponsored by the City of Greensboro and the federal Economic Development Agency, will award $500,000 to the best ideas for promoting economic growth in Greensboro.

Cityfi would open the Internet to city residents through a free public Wi-Fi network.

The concept was submitted by economist and consultant Andrew Brod and Roch Smith Jr., a Web developer who was one of the city’s early adopters of Internet tools and services.”

“Brod said Cityfi would address two related problems that are particularly persistent in Greensboro: economic inequality and a poorly trained and educated workforce.

Free citywide Wi-Fi would provide greater access to educational resources, giving residents the ability to study, take classes or earn degrees and certifications through distance learning.

It would give people a conduit for starting businesses and make it easier for start-ups to grow.

Most of all, it would provide access for lower-income residents who can’t afford the rates charged by commercial providers.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/susan-ladd-citywide-wi-fi-would-benefit-all-residents/article_2a2c6f18-0aea-11e5-847f-8f7529bdefc8.html

What we need in Greeensboro, NC and the US is jobs and an environment that is conducive to business and business incubation, not more government.

Follow the money. Somebody(s) will make money off of this and the taxpayers will foot the bill.

From the Greensboro News Record June 3, 2015.

“According to a survey by the city of Raleigh, Durham residents who gripe about the high cost of living may have a point.

The city’s proposed property-tax rate for 2014-15 – 58.04 cents per $100 of property valuation – is the second-highest among proposed rates in North Carolina’s eight largest cities. In the Triangle, only Carrboro’s proposed rate – 58.94 cents – is higher.

Greensboro is highest at 63.25 cents. Raleigh’s contemplated rate is 40.38 cents.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/news/durham-tax-rate-second-highest-among-top-n-c-cities/article_4cdc9c62-eb16-11e3-9048-001a4bcf6878.html

There is an unholy symbiotic relationship between “educators”, government and politicians.

They are all feeding and profiting off one another.

Most politicians pander to the left and so called educators to get elected

I am disgusted by them blaming our woes on lack of money spent and focus on traditional higher education which is currently wasting our time and money.

I have stated for years that the focus should be on the primary grades.

When many of us were young, we had to visit a library to do research.

Examine the percentage of educational research done on the internet.

You are more likely to find tuning in to our pop/entertainment culture.

I am a regular customer at a coffee shop adjacent to a major university. I am always astounded at the number of young people watching videos using wireless access.

The problem with many in this country, including the folks who supposedly cannot afford internet access, is priorities.

You will find in a majority of those homes a very nice TV and probably deluxe channel access.

Just as I find young people at coffee shops watching internet videos you too, I am certain, experience the same thing. Just look at smart phone ads and features.

See many educational focused ads?

And furthermore from Zero Hedge June 5, 2015.

“America, The Ponzi Scheme: A Commencement Speech For The Scammed”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-06/america-ponzi-scheme-commencement-speech-scammed

 

 

 

 

 

Greensboro News Record repeats big lie, Unemployment rate Greensboro High Point metro, John Quinterno reality check, We’ll probably never catch up to where we were, Citizen Wells facts

Greensboro News Record repeats big lie, Unemployment rate Greensboro High Point metro, John Quinterno reality check, We’ll probably never catch up to where we were, Citizen Wells facts

“The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job in North Carolina increased by 313,000 from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while the number of working-age natives with a job declined by 32,000 over the same time.”…Center for Immigration Studies Aug 2014

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

It appears that the Greensboro News Record is attempting to report some realistic data on the employment situation in the Greensboro High Point metro area. I believe that the reason for this is because Republicans are in power now.

They quote John Quinterno of Chapel Hill-based South by North Strategies who is paying attention.

However, they still quote an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent which is, as Jim Clifton Of Gallup stated, a big lie.

From the Greensboro News Record June 4, 2015.

“An increase in Triad jobs pushes unemployment down”

“Month after month, we peek at unemployment figures for a bright spot. The rate goes down, but we’re not creating jobs.

This month, we’ve seen a solid year of job growth in the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area, and it’s the kind of good news that doesn’t come with a catch, according to statistics released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The April unemployment rate for the region was 5.3 percent — down nearly one percentage point from 6.2 percent in April 2014.

And the best news is that nearly 12,000 more people had jobs this April than a year ago.

In fact, the past 16 months have been a breakout period of sorts for the area, when the number of employed people rose and the number of unemployed dropped.

“Sometimes we’ve seen periods where the unemployment rate is falling because people are leaving the labor force, but this is a real pickup from a year ago and it shows real improvement,” said Andrew Brod, a senior research fellow for UNC-Greensboro’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

According to state data for April, 19,538 people were unemployed in the Greensboro-High Point metro area, which covers Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph counties.

Last month, it was 20,062 people.

In April 2014, there were 22,178 unemployed.

“I think what we’re seeing here is the economy in the (Greensboro-High Point metro) over the last month … it’s not hurting but there’s no dramatic improvement,” Brod said. “But if you look at it over the last year, you see a clear improvement.”

Still, a North Carolina economic and social policy consultant said that over the years Greensboro-High Point has not truly recovered from the recession.

John Quinterno of Chapel Hill-based South by North Strategies said that “if you look long term … the picture is less comforting. If you compare April 2015 to April 2008, you will see that the metro unemployment rate still is higher than it was seven years ago.””

“We’ll probably in some sense never catch up to where we were,”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/business/an-increase-in-triad-jobs-pushes-unemployment-down/article_a9dcf4ca-0a64-11e5-bfc4-9bef70131f66.html

From Triad City Beat June 3, 2015.

“News & Record lays off nine employees”

Jeff Gauger,  publisher and editor of the News & Record, confirmed today that the daily paper eliminated nine full-time positions.

The positions, which were in the news, advertising and administration, were cut on June 3 “due to continuing softness in national advertising,” Gauger said, adding that the nine employees “were released with severance.” He did not provide further details about which positions were cut or which employees were laid off.

Read more:

http://triad-city-beat.com/news-record-lays-off-nine-employees/

Once again, the stated unemployment rate is a big lie.

The NC State website does not provide the participation rate by metro area but it does for the state.

In January 2009, when Obama took office, the participation rate was 65.2 percent.

In April 2015, the rate was 61.1 percent.

That is a plummet of 4.1 percent and accounts for much of the drop in the unemployment rate.

In the metro area there were 350,184 people employed in April 2008.

In April 2015 there were 348,297 people employed.

That is a drop of 1,887 employed!

In an area that has grown in population!

And of any so called jobs added, we do not know how many are part time or low paying.

But we do know this.

From Citizen Wells April 24, 2015.

“Another poll has ranked the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area as among the hungriest in the country.

Only this time, the Gallup poll commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center in 2014 ranks the area No. 1 for people who had difficulties securing food, based on a percentage of the total population.

North Carolina placed eighth overall, with Mississippi at the top of the rankings. Louisiana was second, followed by West Virginia.”

“From the Center for Immigration Studies August 2014.

“Who Got the Jobs in North Carolina?”

“Natives accounted for most of the growth in population, but all employment growth went to immigrants”

http://citizenwells.com/2015/04/24/confirmation-of-nc-employment-big-lie-5-4-percent-unemployment-and-job-growth-touted-reality-is-4-5-plummet-in-participation-rate-greensboro-area-first-in-nation-in-hunger-5-6-percent-drop-in-perc/

Stop lying to us!!!

 

 

 

Confirmation of NC employment big lie, 5.4 percent unemployment and job growth touted, Reality is 4.5 plummet in participation rate, Greensboro area first in nation in hunger, 5.6 percent drop in percent of population employed, Immigrants got jobs

Confirmation of NC employment big lie, 5.4 percent unemployment and job growth touted, Reality is 4.5 plummet in participation rate, Greensboro area first in nation in hunger, 5.6 percent drop in percent of population employed, Immigrants got jobs

“The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job in North Carolina increased by 313,000 from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while the number of working-age natives with a job declined by 32,000 over the same time.”…Center for Immigration Studies Aug 2014

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“In February 2015 there were 43,000 fewer white Americans employed, 354,000 more not in the labor force, 96,000 more employed and we added 295,000 jobs? Was Common Core math used?”…Citizen Wells

 

 

Smoke and mirrors may work for a while.

But sooner or later the smoke will dissipate.

Mirrors develop cracks.

So it is with the lies about the economy and jobs.

Just as in the US, the lies about the economy and jobs in NC will come to light.

From Citizen News April 24, 2015.

“The BLS reports a 5.4 percent unemployment rate for NC in March 2015.

The NC Dept. of Commerce reports a 5.4 percent unemployment rate for NC in March 2015.

The Charlotte Observer also reports a 5.4 percent unemployment rate for NC in March 2015.

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose a notch to 5.4 percent in March as tens of thousands of people entered the labor force in search of work.

The Labor and Economic Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Tuesday that the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in February. A year ago, the state’s unemployment rate stood at 6.4 percent.”

“No mention of the fact that the NC labor force participation rate has plummeted 4.5 percent since January 2009 when Obama took office.”

Read more:

http://citizenwells.net/2015/04/24/nc-unemployment-rate-big-lie-bls-and-nc-commerce-dept-report-5-4-percent-march-2015-charlotte-observer-media-repeat-lie-no-mention-of-4-5-percent-plummet-in-participation-rate/

Now for the truth.

The NC labor force participation rate has plummeted 4.5 percent since January 2009 when Obama took office.

The employment to population rate has plummeted 5.6 percent since the Democrats took control of both US houses in Jan 2007.

From the Greensboro News Record April 18, 2015.

“Another poll has ranked the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area as among the hungriest in the country.

Only this time, the Gallup poll commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center in 2014 ranks the area No. 1 for people who had difficulties securing food, based on a percentage of the total population.

North Carolina placed eighth overall, with Mississippi at the top of the rankings. Louisiana was second, followed by West Virginia.”

http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/greensboro-high-point-top-nationwide-hunger-list/article_88828c52-e568-11e4-9b5b-db55afd7f635.html

From the Center for Immigration Studies August 2014.

“Who Got the Jobs in North Carolina?”

“Natives accounted for most of the growth in population, but all employment growth went to immigrants”

Among the findings:

  • The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job in North Carolina increased by 313,000 from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while the number of working-age natives with a job declined by 32,000 over the same time.
  • The fact that all of the long-term net gain in employment among the working-age went to immigrants is striking because natives accounted for 61 percent of the increase in the total size of the state’s working-age population.
  • In the first quarter of this year, only 64 percent of working-age natives in the state held a job. As recently as 2000, 74 percent of working-age natives in North Carolina were working.
  • Because the native working-age population in North Carolina grew significantly, but the share working actually fell, there were 720,000 more working-age natives not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000 — a 56 percent increase.

Read more:

http://cis.org/all-north-carolina-employment-growth-since-2000-went-to-immigrants

 

 

 

 

Greensboro High Point NC top nationwide hunger list, Gallup poll, April 18, 2015, North Carolina eighth overall, 17.2 percent in US reported food hardship, Only top 10 metro area with 25 percent plus reporting food hardship

Greensboro High Point NC top nationwide hunger list, Gallup poll, April 18, 2015, North Carolina eighth overall, 17.2 percent in US reported food hardship, Only top 10 metro area with 25 percent plus reporting food hardship

“I hear a lot of people say the recession is over, the economy is better … that’s true for many people, but that’s not true for most of those we are serving because the recovery hasn’t reached them yet,”…Clyde Fitzgerald, Second Harvest Food Bank 

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

From the Greensboro News Record April 18, 2015.

“Another poll has ranked the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area as among the hungriest in the country.

Only this time, the Gallup poll commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center in 2014 ranks the area No. 1 for people who had difficulties securing food, based on a percentage of the total population.

North Carolina placed eighth overall, with Mississippi at the top of the rankings. Louisiana was second, followed by West Virginia.”

“Most of the area’s problems can be traced to 2007 when textile companies, furniture manufacturers and call centers began eliminating jobs. It’s a list that’s as daunting as it is distinguished and includes such companies as Cone Denim, American Express and Thomas Built Buses.”

“The poll asked a single question: Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?

It was posed to hundreds of thousands of households across the country as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The result: Americans in every community and state struggle to put food on the table.

Across the country, 17.2 percent of respondents reported food hardship — an indicator of hunger. It’s the lowest rate since Gallup began collecting this data in early 2008.

“The immediate response I had was, ‘Here’s our opportunity to take our biggest challenge and turn it into our biggest opportunity for innovation,’ ” said Marianne LeGreco, a communication studies professor at UNC-Greensboro who specializes in food policy and public health communication.

According to the Gallup poll, Greensboro-High Point is also the only metro area in the top 10 with more than 25 percent saying they had a food hardship.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/greensboro-high-point-top-nationwide-hunger-list/article_88828c52-e568-11e4-9b5b-db55afd7f635.html

 

NC January unemployment rate 5.4 percent LOL, May 2008 comparison showed over 5 percent plummet in participation rate, Jan data not available yet, LAUS data being rectified, BLS 2015 redesign

NC January unemployment rate 5.4 percent LOL, May 2008 comparison showed over 5 percent plummet in participation rate, Jan data not available yet, LAUS data being rectified, BLS 2015 redesign

 

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

“the Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today’s issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston’s job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

***  UPDATE BELOW  ***

The January 2015 employment data for NC was announced March 17.

Several days ago I attempted to access the LAUS, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, for North Carolina.
I got this message :

“Due to maintenance this site is temporarily unavailable. 

You can access our data using one of our other available applications:
AccessNC OR NCWorks

If you need to contact us please call 919.707.1500.”

The next day I called, was transferred to a specialist & left a message.

I have received no return call.

From the US Labor Department BLS.

“What does the LAUS 2015 Redesign entail?

The 2015 LAUS Redesign includes improved time-series models for the census divisions, states, select substate areas, and the balances of those states; an improved real-time benchmarking procedure to the national Current Population Survey (CPS) estimates; an improved smoothed seasonal adjustment procedure; and improved treatment of outliers.

Non-modeled area estimation improvements include: updated Dynamic Residency Ratios (DRR); more accurate estimates for all-other employment; more accurate estimation of agricultural employment; and improved estimation of non-covered agricultural unemployment. Handbook estimation is now done at the county level instead of at the Labor Market Area (LMA) level, which better reflects local conditions. The Redesign also introduces estimation inputs from the American Community Survey (ACS) to replace inputs that were previously obtained from the decennial census long-form survey.

In addition, 2010 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delineations for metropolitan areas, metropolitan divisions, and micropolitan areas and new LAUS small labor market areas will be implemented with the 2015 LAUS Redesign.

How often does LAUS conduct major redesigns to its methodology?
Typically every 10 years.

When will the LAUS 2015 Redesign changes be implemented?
The 2015 Redesign is being implemented with the publication of January 2015 estimates.”

“Why is LAUS making these program improvements?

Some issues have been identified with the 2005 methods of estimation at the state and substate levels that affect accuracy and analysis of the estimates. Because LAUS is committed to producing high-quality data, it must conduct research and improve its methods and procedures. Moreover, when data sources cease to exist, it must find new sources to replace them. The 2015 state and substate estimation approaches generate more accurate and reliable estimates.”

“How will the LAUS 2015 Redesign affect historical comparisons?

For the census divisions, states, and balance of states, the entire historical series from January 1976 forward will be replaced with estimates based on the redesigned models. For the five modeled metropolitan areas and divisions, the plan is to re-estimate back to 1990. For the remaining substate areas, the re-estimation with the new methodology will be carried back to 2010. Hence, many areas can be expected to display breaks in series between 2009 and 2010.”

http://www.bls.gov/lau/2015redesignqa.htm#Q02

I can’t wait to see the “rectifications.”

I have criticized NC Governor Pat McCrory as well as Obama.

From Citizen Wells February 5, 2015.

From the State Of the State speech February 4, 2015.

“As I said, two years ago, our unemployment rate was the fifth highest in the nation. So we all rolled up our sleeves, made the tough decisions, and as of today, the private sector has created nearly 200,000 new jobs. We went from the 5th highest in unemployment to the 23rd lowest, and now we’re even beating South Carolina. Despite this tremendous accomplishment there are still a lot of communities, small businesses, and individuals that are hurting, and there is still much work to be done. Therefore, my administration’s focus will be on five areas that have the greatest impact on our people. ”

“Much of the drop in the unemployment rate in NC came from people dropping out of the labor force.

From Citizen Wells December 21, 2014.

“Despite what you may have read from the low information mainstream media, baby boomers retiring are not the cause of the drop in the labor force in NC or US.

Do the math or read prior articles at Citizen Wells.

Lack of jobs is the problem.

From May of 2008 to November of 2014, the labor force participation rate plummeted 5 percent in NC. The unemployment rate is the same.””

“Greensboro News Record February 5, 2015.

“The unemployment rate in the Greensboro-High Point metro area decreased to 5.3 percent in December 2014, compared with 6.9 percent in December 2013, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce.”

““The state’s labor force shrunk 0.2 percent in November, losing 13,534 people. Over the past year, the labor force has shrunk 0.7 percent, for a reduction of 31,665 people.

A shrinking labor force will drive down the unemployment rate because fewer people are looking for work.””

“From the Center for Immigration Studies August 2014.

“An analysis of government data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that, since 2000, all of the net increase in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job in North Carolina has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is the case even though the native-born accounted for 61 percent of growth in the state’s total working-age population.””

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/nc-governor-pat-mccrory-speech-on-employment-misleading-big-unemployment-rate-lie-greensboro-news-record-article-record-numbers-leave-labor-force-percent-of-population-working-plummets-immigrants/

The primary reason that the unemployment rate has dropped is due to the plummet of the labor force participation.

From Citizen Wells January 29, 2015.

“NC labor force participation rate plummets 5.3 percent since May 2008, Reason for unemployment rate drop, Reason for drop in claims, No more employees left to lay off, NC ninth most populous state”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/nc-labor-force-participation-rate-plummets-5-3-percent-since-may-2008-reason-for-unemployment-rate-drop-reason-for-drop-in-claims-no-more-employees-left-to-lay-off-nc-ninth-most-populous-state/

From Citizen Wells December 21, 2014.

“Despite what you may have read from the low information mainstream media, baby boomers retiring are not the cause of the drop in the labor force in NC or US.

Do the math or read prior articles at Citizen Wells.

Lack of jobs is the problem.

From May of 2008 to November of 2014, the labor force participation rate plummeted 5 percent in NC. The unemployment rate is the same.

From NC Spin December 20, 2014.

“North Carolina’s jobless rate fell to 5.8 percent in November, the lowest since May 2008, as the state’s economy gains force in the second half of the year.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/nc-labor-force-participation-rate-plummets-5-percent-from-may-2008-to-november-2014-unemployment-rate-same-baby-boomers-retiring-not-cause-of-labor-force-drop-lack-of-jobs-causes-younger-people-to/

 

***  Update 3/21/2015 10:10 AM  ***

From the NC LAUS

“This application is expected to be available on March 24, 2015.”

 

 

 

 

Warren Buffett Greensboro News Record offer to purchase from Roy Carroll, Rhino Times Owner, News & Record has drifted far left of center in terms of its coverage and stories

Warren Buffett Greensboro News Record offer to purchase from Roy Carroll, Rhino Times Owner, News & Record has drifted far left of center in terms of its coverage and stories

“The (American) press, which is mostly controlled by vested
interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.”… Albert Einstein

“the Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today’s issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston’s job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones.”…George Orwell, “1984”

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

I already liked Roy Carroll, a local businessman who has played a major role in the revitalization of downtown Greensboro and who resurrected the Rhino Times.

Now I love the man.

From the Rhino Times February 26, 2015.

“A Letter to Mr. Buffett

February 26, 2015

Since resuscitating the Rhino Times, hardly a day has passed without someone asking me to take the Rhino to a daily publication so that they could get fair and balanced local news and editorials.  Since day one of owning the Rhino, I have studied doing just that; however, the thought recently occurred to me that it might be advantageous to just purchase the News & Record.  Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns the Greensboro News & Record, along with the Winston-Salem Journal and a list of other daily publications across the country.  I believe the News & Record has turned its back on mainstream Greensboro and taken a hard left turn, and, while I don’t know this for a fact, I would surmise that the paper’s readership and ad sales numbers are bound to have taken a downward turn as well.

Under my business plan I would return the News & Record to a “middle of the road” publication, using the Rhino Times to complement the News & Record with its typical political commentary and coverage of city, county and state news.”

“Dear Mr. Buffett:

 

I first would like to introduce myself.  My name is Roy Carroll and I own several Greensboro businesses, including Snap Publications, the parent company of the Rhino Times, a local weekly news publication.

 

Speculation is that you are not satisfied with the financial performance of several of your newsprint publications since you acquired them.  If that is correct, I would ask that you seriously consider the enclosed Letter of Intent to Purchase the Greensboro News & Record.

 

Please understand that this is not a publicity stunt but a bona fide offer.  I have developed a business plan to turn the News & Record around and to hopefully make it a viable business.  The plan involves utilizing the synergies that could be created between both publications being located in the same city, and consolidating senior management, advertising sales and distribution.  I envision changes to the editorial team that would result in potentially the most cost savings and revenue growth.

 

Over the course of several years, the News & Record, in my opinion, has drifted far left of center in terms of its coverage and stories.  I believe that this drift far to the left has hurt the News & Record in terms of readership and ad sales.  Under my business plan, I would prune back some of the writers that have gone so far left of center and hire writers that were less dogmatic in their far left of center news coverage and opinions.    Don’t get me wrong, I value opposing viewpoints and would promote healthy debates on important topics.  Publishing opposing viewpoints is productive and, in my opinion, a responsibility of a local daily.  Actually, most Greensboro citizens see themselves in the political center.

 

I’ll give you a classic example of what I’m saying.  I’m sure you have research detailing the unfortunate state of the local Greensboro economy.  Over the last four or five years we have somehow lost our way in terms of job creation and wage growth.  While our peer cities were actively recruiting new businesses on the back side of the recession, Greensboro, in my opinion, had the wrong people and possibly the wrong economic development structure in place.  As a result, there have been virtually no net jobs created in Greensboro.  You would think that a responsible local daily would be all over this issue, regularly writing about the lack of job growth and local economic development, especially since it hurts everyone in our community, including the readers and advertisers that the News & Record relies on.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/a-letter-to-mr-buffett.html

I have criticized the News Record as well.

From Citizen Wells February 22, 2015.

“There are numerous variations of the AP January 2015 jobs report from around February 7, 2015.

The Greensboro News Record regurgitated their own version in print. I could not find an online version so the print edition is provided in full below.

The News Record has been diligent in fact checking the employment data and record of the NC Republicans in power but when it comes to Obama and the national economy, anything goes.”

I am disappointed that instead of fact checking the AP article and presenting the truth, they regurgitated it.

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/ap-january-jobs-economy-report-lies-inaccuracies-misleading-statements-greensboro-news-record-regurgitates-sloppy-reporting-bias-or-orwellian-lies/