Anomolies: that’s a good word for the Obama administration and its actions over the last two years. Let’s hope that’s how it appears in history, too: an anomoly.
From the story:
The number of claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, pushed up by auto-plant shutdowns and other unusual events that seasonal variations failed to take into account, the Labor Department said.
Applications for jobless benefits jumped by 43,000 to 474,000 in the week ended April 30, the most since August, Labor Department figures showed today. A spring break holiday in New York, a new emergency benefits program in Oregon and auto shutdowns caused by the disaster in Japan were the main reasons for the surge, a Labor Department spokesman said as the data was released to the press.
How does “spring break” cause higher unemployment? Just asking in case you’re able to enlighten. Do folks quit jobs to go party with nonexistent money and then come back home to claim unemployment?
UPDATE: Jazz Shaw at Hot Air “unexpectedly” agrees:
To be fair, there were some legitimate acts of God involved here, so some sort of dip was to be expected. But that’s not enough to account for all of it. 185,000 is still far short of the roughly one quarter million new jobs we need to be adding monthly to set us on any sort of sustainable path to previous employment levels.
I wonder where we might be able to generate some more jobs, or if there’s even anything the government could do about it? Hrmmm… I wonder if we might find a few new jobs for the people near the Gulf who work in the energy industry?
After paying over $54 to fill my tank this weekend, I wish. But energy jobs won’t be on the table until Obama is no longer in office.