BLS May Delay October Jobs Report Due to Frankenstorm

By: Monday October 29, 2012 10:45 am

The known late-campaign “surprise” were the final pre-election jobs report scheduled for Friday. Both campaigns were poised to jump on whatever positive or negative numbers came out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the unknown late-campaign “surprise,” Hurricane Sandy, which before it even hits land has flooded coastal areas all over New York and [...]

Issa Floats Hearings on Jobs Data, Joining BLS Truther Brigade (Or Did It Join Him?)

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 11:33 am

The conspiracy theory about the Obama Administration forcing the Bureau of Labor Statistics into deliberately fixing the September jobs report has found its purchase in the most likely of places: the House Republican caucus. Darrell Issa, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox Business Network this morning that he would open an investigation [...]

Conservative Conspiracy Theorists Decide BLS Massaged Data to Boost Employment Numbers

By: Friday October 5, 2012 9:36 am

Because data is just fungible to the political leanings of whoever confronts it, we predictably saw a number of conservatives question today’s jobs report, suggesting that the Bureau of Labor Statistics fudged the data to help the President’s re-election campaign. Leading this charge was former GE CEO Jack Welch on Twitter. I think the government [...]

Labor Department Revision Adds 386,000 Jobs, Makes Obama Net Job Creator for First Time

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 9:37 am

Just as I write a post about GDP and employment data, the Labor Department comes out with their preliminary benchmark revision on payroll data, showing a net increase of 386,000 jobs. In its annual revision to its employment data, the Labor Department said Thursday that 386,000 more jobs were created in the year ending in [...]

Department of Labor Hits Wal-Mart Supplier With Hundreds of Thousands in Fines

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 11:00 am

Following up on a previous item, the US Department of Labor has cited C.J.’s Seafood of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and instructed them to pay a series of fines, as well as back wages to a group of guest workers the company abused with harsh, illegal working conditions. The incident is notable because C.J.’s Seafood was [...]

Report Confirms Guest Worker Abuse at Wal-Mart Supplier

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 11:49 am

Speaking of temporary agricultural guest workers, a program which Mitt Romney would like to expand by removing red tape, I have an update on that Wal-Mart supplier, C.J.’s Seafood, engaged in forced labor of undocumented immigrants at a seafood processing plant in Louisiana. You’ll recall that Wal-Mart initially denied any misconduct at its supplier, saying [...]

Obama Administration Extends Wage and Hour Protections to Home Health Care Workers

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 8:55 am

The Obama Administration will provide wage protections for home care workers via executive order, a promising proposal for over two million workers previously exempted from coverage. The move is another in the “We Can’t Wait” proposals the Administration has been leaking out for a couple months. Twenty-nine states currently exempt home health care workers from [...]

Labor/HHS Appropriation Shows Next Stage of Congressional Budget Fight

By: Friday September 30, 2011 6:18 am

While the first battle of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget ended without incident, the next one is shaping up to be a larger struggle. Rather than an across-the-board haircut, Republicans will insist on designating particular appropriations for certain amounts of money, as long as the total hits the $1.043 trillion cap. And that means that [...]

NLRB Seeks Rule to Streamline Union Elections

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 8:50 am

A new set of rules from the National Labor Relations Board would accelerate union elections and introduce an electronic element into the process. The labor board wants to tighten up the process by ensuring that employers, employees and unions receive needed information sooner and by delaying litigation over many voter-eligibility issues until after workers vote [...]

Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.0% Despite Weak Job Growth

By: Friday February 4, 2011 6:16 am

This is a very strange jobs report from the Labor Department. The economy gained a paltry 36,000 jobs in January according to the report, which is far below expectations and a real disaster for the economy. Nevertheless, the topline unemployment rate fell 0.4% to 9.0%. How does this happen? Well, January is always a month [...]

Commerce Department Could Become Department of Business, Trade and Technology

By: Monday January 31, 2011 8:24 am

During the State of the Union, President Obama promoted the well-worn strategy of “reinventing government.” Virtually every President says they will do this at one time or another. Some, like Bill Clinton, actually follow through to some extent. I don’t think it’s wrong to say that some of the government’s operations are duplicative – although [...]

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