Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

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    Icemen and Pinsetters

    Mar 12, 10 • 330 Views • No Comments

    In a wonderful story, NPR looked at “The Jobs of Yesteryear.”  Among those they discussed were pinsetters, elevator operators, icemen, and lamplighters. For each one, while technology made the occupation obsolete, the economy benefited with...  [read more]

  • Down to Earth and “Up in the Air”

    Dec 28, 09 • 241 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday I saw “Up in the Air”, the new George Clooney movie that has been called a comedy. As Ryan Bingham, Clooney was a “transition specialist”. Firms hired his employer to “fire” people. Excellent in many ways, the...  [read more]

  • A New Kind of Misery Index?

    Dec 20, 09 • 321 Views • No Comments

    11.84 is the current level of our “misery index” if we use what Arthur Okun (economic advisor to Lyndon Johnson) created. November unemployment + inflation rates = 11.84. However, according to Floyd Norris, a new index might be more appropriate....  [read more]