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    Obama Jobs Council Disbanded - Despite Economy, Jobs as Top Priority for Americans

    President Obama has allowed his jobs council to expire - even though “strengthening [the] economy” and “improving [the] job situation” continue to be top priorities for the American people, according to the Pew Research Center. This action fits with the President’s pattern of ignoring job-creating recommendations that don’t align with his views. … More

    Free-Market Opportunities Propel North Dakota to Top Job Creator

    North Dakota led the nation in job creation in 2012, according to a new report released by Gallup. The state has an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, the lowest in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s largely due to the energy boom created when new fracking … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda

    Would you like a raise? For some workers, cronyism prevents receiving raises in pay. In early 2011, a Giant Eagle supermarket in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, wanted to give wage increases and higher starting wages to 25 employees. But a union wouldn’t let it do so. Why would a union object to … More

    The Odd September Unemployment Rate: When Good Surveys Produce False Results

    What’s behind the seemingly sudden drop in the unemployment rate? While the economy stumbles along, no one would expect a sudden jump in employment. Job growth has averaged about 100,000 per month over the past six months, roughly consistent with other economic indicators suggesting slow growth. But the Labor Department … More

    Morning Bell: Anemic Job Growth Continues

    Job growth continues to sputter—this morning’s jobs report shows that 12.1 million Americans are still out of work. Going against other economic indicators, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent. Economists are already looking into the drop, saying it seems to be a statistical fluke, because it doesn’t match up … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Dismal Jobs Record

    The unemployment rate is now 8.1 percent, marking 43 months straight that it has stayed at 8 percent or above. At least 12.5 million Americans are out of work. Yet President Obama has been trying to convince people that he’s a job-creating President. Have 4.5 million new jobs been created … More

    FACT CHECK: Have 4.5 Million New Jobs Been Created Under Obama?

    It’s no secret that employment is the top concern for Americans. It stands to reason, then, that politicians will be hyping their proposals for job creation, and touting their respective records on that front. This week in Charlotte, NC, a number of speakers — including the keynote, San Antonio Mayor … More

    Rural Utilities Create Zero Jobs With $47 Million in Stimulus Funding

    A stimulus program designed to create jobs by funding rural utility projects has created only about 12% of the jobs projected at the outset of the program in a sample of towns recently examined by the Agriculture Department’s Inspector General. The IG examined 22 local utilities and government agencies to receive … More

    Morning Bell: Jobs, Unemployment Stuck

    Today’s jobs report is a broken record, with the unemployment rate stuck at 8.2 percent. The Department of Labor reports that only 80,000 jobs were added in June—consistent with other data revealing the economy has downshifted from slow to slower. This picture is starkly different from the economy President Obama … More

    Chart of the Week: Household Income Soars In Energy-Producing States

    North Dakota’s energy boom helped the state surpass California and Alaska to become the No. 2 oil-producing state in America. But oil isn’t the only thing that’s booming. Household income rose faster in North Dakota than any other state between 2005 and 2010. Only the District of Columbia — home … More