Is the Media Really Pushing that Our Economy is Tanking?

I don’t understand how anyone who loses their job, is one amongst many who apply for a ‘simple’ entry level job, has undergone extraordinary changes in their economic situation by moving from a single home to sharing an apartment with a roommate, sees no economic downturn in the country. But then again, I don’t understand how anyone can be a Republican and constantly (consistently) voting against your own interests, especially if you’re working class – which most of us are. And apparently being a ‘part of the media’ is useless because the media IS the problem and just continues to exacerbate as pointed out in the video.

Although she does use the word ‘reinvent’ – that’s not a ‘conservative Republican’ word is it?

There was an article in the Idaho Statesman in which it was reported the unemployment rate was lower than expected. Despite the rate being the highest in the state for some 20 years and despite having the highest rate of unemployment in the nation – OR as I understand it those who are actually collecting unemployment insurance benefits.  Some thoughtful soul in the comments section left the link to the Dept. of Labor wherein it is explained HOW unemployment rates are calculated. See below:

The basic concepts involved in identifying the employed and unemployed are quite simple:

  • People with jobs are
  • People who are jobless, looking for jobs, and available for work are unemployed.
  • People who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the labor force.

I actually laughed out loud. There’s more to it of course. The page explains the sampling done to reach the ‘level of unemployment.’

“… the Government conducts a monthly sample survey called the Current Population Survey (CPS) to measure the extent of unemployment in the country.”

But with this news from KTVB with “90 skilled workers” being cut from Micron (union jobs) while others are shopping at Circuit City to find the best deals on a company who is going out of business – I don’t see much manipulation or exacerbation by the media.

Seventy-four members of Local 296 of the Plumber and Pipefitters union were let go, according to union spokesperson Rod Clay.  The laborers were doing subcontract construction work for Micron through another company.

Sixteen members of the electrician’s union were also affected.

Local 296 – Plumber & Pipefitters Union; KTVB hasn’t identified the electrician’s union.

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