Employers across Missouri have filed eight notices, affecting 1,207 this month, compared to seven notices, affecting 614 last month. Three notices were filed in January, impacting 229.
Last week, the economic development department reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent in February, down from 7.5 percent in January. Payrolls also increased by 2,300 during February.
Analysis of the employment data, however, shows the labor force dropped by 9,618 in February. To be considered unemployed by the government, a person must be actively seeking employment.
In other words, the unemployment rate dropped not because more people got jobs, but because fewer people kept looking—many perhaps having lost heart. Worse, more companies are planning layoffs.
In St. Louis, Governor Nixon offered the following,
Yeah, certainly we look at all the numbers. We’re trying to get more people to work. We’re trying to make sure we get that unemployment rate down so that more people looking for jobs are finding jobs.
3/29/2012 10:44:19 AM
Efforts to use public funds to revive Kansas City's jazz district have failed, and likely always will.
Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.