What the jobs numbers tell us about the presidential election

That intervention parallels the government’s response to the pandemic overall: The government acted and probably avoided the worst-case scenario, but did it do enough? Trump’s administration can (and does) claim credit for where things are, but could things have been better under different circumstances? For the pandemic, the answer seems more clear (yes) than it does for the economy.

All of this is academic for most voters. Most voters will judge Trump on how they themselves are doing — and the employment report released Friday offers a sharp warning for the president’s reelection bid.

In August, the overall unemployment rate was higher than it had been in August of 2008, 2012 or 2016. That’s true for most demographic groups, too: A higher percentage of men, women, Asian, Hispanic and White Americans are out of work now than in those months.

In most cases, the unemployment rates for those groups are

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Pandemic adds layer of concern around student enrollment numbers and funding

The third Friday of September is always an important date for Wisconsin schools to count students, but between the pandemic and multiple learning options, there is concern over how it will turn out.

Enrollment influences funding for the next few years and the count applies to public, choice and charter schools.

“There’s always some concern around Third Friday, but this year it feels especially heightened,” said Megan O’Halloran, School Board Director at Milwaukee Public Schools.

O’Halloran says educators have come to her concerned about getting an accurate count of students, adding the under-count may apply to students learning remotely or switching schools.

“One of the challenges with the technology is that we have students who have moved who maybe have challenges with having their phones cut off. We really view this as an equity issue that we have a unique set of challenges with our students,” said O’Halloran.

Due to

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Look into jobs quality, not just numbers

MANILA, Philippines — Labor partylist group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is urging the government to look into the quality of jobs in the country even as the latest jobs data indicated an easing in unemployment numbers.

Preliminary results of the July 2020 round of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the number of Filipinos without jobs fell in July from a record high in April following the easing of community quarantine restrictions.

The unemployment rate eased to 10 percent from the record rate of 17.7 percent at the peak of the imposition of the strictest mode of community quarantine in April.

This meant around 4.6 million Filipinos were jobless in July, 2.2 million more compared with  2.4 million in July 2019. Coming from 7.3 million Filipinos who lost their jobs as of April 2020, this indicated that some 2.7 million

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August Jobs Numbers: Some Good, Some Not

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its August employment and payroll jobs numbers.

Here is the good news: the unemployment rate declined from 10.2 to 8.4 percent, and the number of payroll jobs grew by 1.4 million. Unemployment declined for most demographic groups of workers, and job growth occurred in a wide range of industries.

But several disturbing facts can be seen in these numbers as well. 18.5 million more Americans are either still not working or working part-time involuntarily compared to February. Over a third of those on layoff are now permanently laid-off – a group that will likely suffer reduced employment and earnings for years to come. Over 60 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for 15 or more weeks, which we consider the beginning of long-term unemployment – another category of workers that has increasing difficulty finding new jobs.

Since February, unemployment

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Behind new jobs numbers are very bad signs for the economy, experts say

Waves of fresh furloughs are poised to hit American workers as companies wake up to the reality that the coronavirus is proving more intractable than they initially thought.



a person standing in front of a statue: Image: Unemployed workers Las Vegas


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Image: Unemployed workers Las Vegas

“The ‘V-shaped’ recovery is a mirage,” said Nick Mazing, director of research at data provider Sentieo. “We are seeing a permanent reduction in the size of several sectors in the economy.”

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While the economy added an estimated 1.4 million jobs in August, according to Friday’s government jobs report, the number actually points to a slowdown in the recovery. The total positions added is below the 1.7 million job gains for July, and far below the 4.8 million added in June.

The jobs report is based on a survey that is conducted during the week that includes the 12th of the month — but data that was collected after that period flashed warning

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Final School Aid Numbers In For Butler, Kinnelon, Bloomingdale

Gov. Phil Murphy has released revised state aid figures, saying they will overall remain steady from fiscal year 2020 despite the “historic financial challenges New Jersey is facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

But a number of districts – nearly 400 of them – will get less money than they expected when Murphy first offered his school funding plan in February.

Indeed, more than 190 school districts will see cuts from last year’s funding, and they may need tax increases to make up the differences

Butler received $2,201,800 in state funds in 2019-2020. Initially the district was slated to receive $2,200,836this year which was not changed by the pandemic response. That represents a -964 or zero percent decrease.

Bloomingdale received $1,828,119 in state funds in 2019-2020. Initially the district was slated to receive $1,663,676 this year which was not changed by the pandemic response. That represents a -164,443 or

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Final 2020 School Aid Numbers In For Hopatcong, Sparta

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has released revised state aid figures, saying they will overall remain steady from fiscal year 2020 despite the “historic financial challenges New Jersey is facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

But a number of districts – nearly 400 of them – will get less money than they expected when Murphy first offered his school funding plan in February.

Indeed, more than 190 school districts will see cuts from last year’s funding, and they may need tax increases to make up the differences

Hopatcong received $9,636,888 in state funds in 2019-2020. Initially the district was slated to receive $7,930,527 this year which was not changed by the pandemic response. That represents a -1,706,361 or -17.7 percent decrease.

Sparta received 5,795,317 in state funds in 2019-2020. Initially the district was slated to receive 5,629,268 this year which was not changed by the pandemic response.

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Final 2020 School Aid Numbers In For Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN – Gov. Phil Murphy has released revised state aid figures, saying they will overall remain steady from fiscal year 2020 despite the “historic financial challenges New Jersey is facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

But a number of districts – nearly 400 of them – will get less money than they expected when Murphy first offered his school funding plan in February.

Indeed, more than 190 school districts will see cuts from last year’s funding, and they may need tax increases to make up the differences

Hackettstown received $7,037,374 in state funds in 2019-2020. Initially the district was slated to receive $8,211,182 this year which was cut to $7,419,635 in July. That represents a $382,261 or 5.4 percent increase.

In his revised budget proposal, Murphy announced that funding for school districts will keep the state on track to fully fund public schools. Additionally, the revised budget proposal includes

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