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,”
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.
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”
Stop lying to us!!!