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Slower Job Growth Doesn’t Mean We’re Headed For A Recession

fivethirtyeight.com — Jobs Report If the U.S. is headed for another recession, there isn't much evidence of it in the latest jobs numbers. Employers added 151,000 jobs in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. The figure fell short of economists' expectations and represents the slowest pace of hiring since September.

The Rent-Seeking Is Too Damn High

fivethirtyeight.com — This is In Real Terms , a new column analyzing the week in economic news. We're still experimenting with the format, so tell us what you think. Email me or drop a note in the comments. And thank you for all the great feedback so far!
Feb 05, 2016

Waiting for the jobs report? Check out my weekly econ column, "In Real Terms." 53eig.ht/1QhrQi8

Feb 05, 2016

RT @bencasselman: Waiting for the jobs report? Check out my weekly econ column, "In Real Terms." 53eig.ht/1QhrQi8

Feb 05, 2016

Licenses for barbers? Non-competes for fast-food workers? Rent-seeking is slowing down the U.S. economy. 53eig.ht/1QhrQi8

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The Unemployment System Isn’t Ready For The Next Recession

fivethirtyeight.com — When the Great Recession began at the end of 2007, California had $2.5 billion on hand in a trust fund to pay unemployment benefits. Barely a year later, that money was gone - with more than a million jobless Californians still relying on the fund to put food on the table.
Feb 03, 2016

On the eve of the last recession, California had $2.5 billion in its unemployment fund. Today it's $6.5b in debt. 53eig.ht/1SGFrUM

Feb 03, 2016

Really interesting piece by @bencasselman on the health of US state unemployment insurance trust funds fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-u…

Feb 03, 2016

With recession fears growing, 10 states have negative balances in their unemployment funds. 53eig.ht/1SGFrUM pic.twitter.com/my95rddVPE

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Rich Kids Stay Rich, Poor Kids Stay Poor

fivethirtyeight.com — On Friday, a team of researchers led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty released a paper on how growing up in poverty affects boys and girls differently. Their core finding: Boys who grow up in poor families fare substantially worse in adulthood, in terms of employment and earnings, than girls who grow up in the same circumstances.
Feb 01, 2016

Land of opportunity? How what your parents earn affects what you will. 53eig.ht/1nAFoOK pic.twitter.com/UITnguq4ql

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Americans Are Still Really Worried About The Economy

fivethirtyeight.com — This is In Real Terms , a new column analyzing the week in economic news. We're still experimenting with the format, so tell us what you think. Email me or drop a note in the comments. And thank you for all the great feedback so far!
Jan 29, 2016

The government's preliminary fourth-quarter GDP report comes out in 4 minutes. You should probably ignore it. 53eig.ht/1NFmStH

Jan 29, 2016

Economy is better, so why are voters rallying around candidates like Trump who tap into econ. anxieties? My column: 53eig.ht/1NFmStH

Jan 29, 2016

Americans feel better about their immediate economic condition, but they're concerned about the longer run. 53eig.ht/1NFmStH

Jan 29, 2016

Sure, unemployment is down, but voters' anxieties are about longer-term -- and very real -- economic problems. 53eig.ht/1NFmStH

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Caucus Drives Latest Ruckus

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Clinton Campaign Says System Is Undemocratic; Obama Camp Disagrees Presidential nominating caucuses are older, cheaper and more citizen-driven than primaries. But Sen. Hillary Clinton is charging that they also are less fair, after her loss to Sen.
Jan 28, 2016

Clinton team called caucuses undemocratic back in 2008: wsj.com/articles/SB120…

Born to Renovate

wsj.com — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band had just finished playing a sold-out show at Earls Court in London, and Max Weinberg, the band's longtime drummer, was thinking about countertops. Specifically, Kirkstone countertops. Mr. Weinberg wanted the pale green stone for the kitchen in the house he was building back in New Jersey.
Jan 22, 2016

If you were confused by my last tweet, @EStreetMax is a real estate maven. Read more if so inclined here (h/t @wsj) wsj.com/articles/SB120…

The Stock Market Is Not The Economy

fivethirtyeight.com — This is In Real Terms , a new column analyzing the week in economic news. We're still experimenting with the format, so tell us what you think. Email me or drop a note in the comments. And thank you for all the great feedback last week!
Jan 22, 2016

Repeat after me: The stock market is not the economy. 53eig.ht/1WAUr7g

Jan 22, 2016

Yes, it's the "worst-ever start to the year." But 12-trading-day declines this bad aren't that uncommon. 53eig.ht/1WAUr7g

Jan 22, 2016

RT @bencasselman: Repeat after me: The stock market is not the economy. 53eig.ht/1WAUr7g

Jan 22, 2016

RT @bencasselman: Repeat after me: The stock market is not the economy. 53eig.ht/1WAUr7g

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Are We Headed For Another Recession?

fivethirtyeight.com — This is the first edition of In Real Terms, a new column analyzing the week in economics news. We're still experimenting with the format, so tell us what you think. E-mail me or drop a note in the comments. Sure, last week's jobs report was great, gas is cheap and President Obama says the U.S.
Jan 15, 2016

Are we headed for another recession? The debut of my new weekly econ column on @FiveThirtyEight. 53eig.ht/1WeeM1P

Jan 15, 2016

Presenting "In Real Terms," a new econ column. h/t @NotoriussJEW for the name & thanks all for other great ideas. 53eig.ht/1WeeM1P

Jan 15, 2016

RT @bencasselman: Presenting "In Real Terms," a new econ column. h/t @NotoriussJEW for the name & thanks all for other great ideas. https:/…

Jan 15, 2016

RT @bencasselman: Presenting "In Real Terms," a new econ column. h/t @NotoriussJEW for the name & thanks all for other great ideas. https:/…

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Job Growth Was Great In December, But Can It Last?

fivethirtyeight.com — The U.S. job market ended 2015 on an unexpectedly high note. Now the question is whether it can sustain that momentum in a new year that is already off to a rocky start. American employers added 292,000 jobs in December, the biggest gain all year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.
Jan 08, 2016

The job market ended 2015 on a strong note. Now the question is how long it can continue. 53eig.ht/1SEckBP pic.twitter.com/La5jxFIqcl

Jan 08, 2016

The U.S. has added jobs for 63-straight months, the longest streak on record. 53eig.ht/1SEckBP pic.twitter.com/pDBBut69L5

Jan 08, 2016

And earnings growth suggests the recovery may finally be reaching everyday Americans. 53eig.ht/1SEckBP pic.twitter.com/zCK3jT9XVb

Jan 08, 2016

RT @bencasselman: The job market ended 2015 on a strong note. Now the question is how long it can continue. 53eig.ht/1SEckBP pic.twitter.com/La5jxFIqcl

Jan 08, 2016

More of the unemployed are finding jobs, and fewer are dropping out. 53eig.ht/1SEckBP pic.twitter.com/h7l29QhBr0

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Feb 11, 2016

@mosenkis Someone should just make a bot that just replies to all @FiveThirtyEight tweets with this clip. (Note: Please don't do this.)

Feb 11, 2016

Points to anyone who can guess the train of thought on this one. twitter.com/RitchieSKing/s…

Feb 10, 2016

@about_scout @crampell No, sorry, that was a joke about Sorkin. Not an actual news item!

Feb 10, 2016

The most valuable currency in journalism is, of course, flowers sent by Beyoncé. @sarahkendzior

Feb 10, 2016

@ollie @sarahkendzior We all know that the TRUE most meaningless currency is faves, tho.


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