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skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, August 26, 2004

happy susan b anthony day from the bush economic team

the census bureau's annual report says that, once again, there was an increase of the number of people living in poverty in the us this year. cnnmoney:

the number of americans living in poverty jumped to 35.9 million last year, up by 1.3 million, while the number of those without health care insurance rose to 45 million from 43.6 million in 2002, the u.s. government said in a report thursday.
and, as holden points out over on first draft, the number of people living in poverty has increased every year for the past four years.

but wait, there's more! even in you're not living in poverty, chances are good you're out of a job. initial claims for unemployment increased by a whopping 10,000 last week, far above what was expected. bloomberg:

u.s. initial jobless claims rose for the first time in four weeks, boosted by more filings related to hurricane charley, a government report showed.

first-time applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 to 343,000 in the week ended aug. 21 from a revised 333,000 the week before, the labor department said in washington. about half the gain was attributed to the storm, a labor spokesman said…

claims were expected to rise to 335,000 last week, the median of 41 forecasts in a bloomberg news survey, from an originally reported 331,000. estimates ranged from 320,000 to 370,000.
posted by skippy at 9:45 AM |


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