Unemployment rates fall in 21 U.S. states last month

Ohio experiences largest month-to-month drop
Associated Press
Apr 18, 2014


More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16.

The unemployment rate varies from as low as 2.6 percent in North Dakota to as much as 8.7 percent in Rhode Island. South Carolina has experienced the sharpest rate decline over 12 months to 5.5 percent from 8 percent.

The rate nationwide stayed at 6.7 percent in March for the second straight month. That national rate stayed flat because someone was hired for almost every person who entered the job market last month.

Employers added 192,000 jobs nationwide in March, close to the average monthly gains of the past two years.

Ohio experienced the largest month-to-month drop in its unemployment rate: 0.4 percentage points to 6.1 percent. That steep drop occurred because the state added 12,000 jobs last month, while the total number of people in its job market fell 11,200 to 5.75 million.

Unemployment rates can fall when people leave the job market, as well as when employers hire.

North Carolina reported the second largest year-over-year drop in the unemployment rate: a 2.2 percentage point decrease to 6.3 percent. Part of that decline came from the loss unemployment benefits for jobless workers. Because those workers needed to look for jobs in order to receive benefits, the loss of the jobless aid likely caused them to give up their hunts and no longer be counted as unemployed.

Several states continue to lag the gains made across the country. Unemployment remains elevated in Nevada (8.5 percent), Illinois (8.4 percent), California (8.1 percent) and Kentucky (7.9 percent).


Stop It

Check back again in December. This is a fed voting year. Gotta pump those employment factors up.


Just think where the unemployment levels would be if...the Republicans had actually helped. All they have done, other than try to push down Barack (the BLACK Democratic PRESIDENT) was to obstruct everything that would have created jobs.
They have only two agendas: a) aide and abet their wealthy friends get more tax breaks and b)suppress everyone else. Never mind what happens to America's infrastructure, tax base, middle class or future.
Thank you Barack for everything positive and constructive you have tried to do or have done. More good is yet to come but we must help Barack help ourselves. VOTE!


Just think of the unemployment level if the Democrats would not have signed NAFTA or got rid of Glass-Steagall which collapsed the economy.
You do notice the Democrats are the only ones making a issue out of the poor guys race, Things haven't changed all that much since Jefferson Davis was their president. Instead of physical slavery now they use economic slavery. "Agree with us or we will starve you" Should be their motto.

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Clinton didn't have a veto? That's strange. He signed it.

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Never take responsibility do you.

Steve P

Who was the president who signed it, yes Oral Office Clinton, piddle...

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So when Clinton or Obama signs something it's relevant, but when bush and reagan did it was the Dems fault. Gotcha.


Here dog, chew on this link for awhile. http://www.rense.com/general76/c...

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"we must help Barack help ourselves." Excuse me? Is your name Squealer by chance? Wow. Seriously?


Throughout the book, Napoleon and Squealer break the Seven Commandments, the tenets on which governance of the farm is based. To prevent the animals from suspecting them, Squealer preys on the animals' confusion and alters the Commandments from time to time as the need arises...Orwell uses Squealer mainly to show how the increasingly totalitarian and corrupt regime uses propaganda and deceit to get its ideas accepted and implemented by the people. In the end, Squealer reduces the Seven Commandments into one commandment, that "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

A point is made by how Napoleon dismisses the education of the mature animals as a lost case while Snowball attempts to educate them all (he does focus on the key ideals of Animalism, but nevertheless) and starts many committees which are apparently for the good of the entire Farm — Napoleon is explicitly stated to have 'no interest' in these committees, instead snatching up newborn dogs to educate them in seclusion. He takes advantage of their malleable minds and molds them to his liking — the dogs show up later as a secret police...As the newer generations are brought up with propaganda and the old generations are ignored, Squealer begins making changes to the Seven Commandments. The animals experience a vague feeling of unease, and when Clover and Muriel ponder the changes, they are told that they have simply forgotten — and they accept this easily, which is helped along by the growling dogs that accompany the pigs everywhere. Benjamin alone appears to understand what is happening, though he never acts. If asked, he says that donkeys live a long time, and that "none of you has ever seen a dead donkey". True to his cynical nature, he continues to believe that life never gets better. He is briefly outraged by Boxer's death, but becomes ever more cynical when Squealer again convinces the denizens of the Farm that Boxer was only taken to a hospital.

In the end, this works out to Squealer's advantage. Terror (coasterfan: "WHY are Republicans trying so hard to deny healthcare coverage to millions of Americans???") and silver-tongued oration fool nearly everyone, and the sole person who sees through these fronts is simply too cynical to do anything.

This reflected Orwell's view that events in Russia following the Revolution of 1917 had followed an unwelcome path, and that the egalitarian socialism he believed in had there become a brutal dictatorship built around a cult of personality and enforced by terror and lies. Orwell wrote, "All people who are morally sound have known since about 1931 that the Russian régime stinks.' Squealer as the chief propagandist of the regime is early prominent in the story and Orwell delineates the path down which small lies lead to bigger lies. Orwell regarded propaganda as a feature of all modern governments but especially prominent in totalitarian regimes, which depended on it. IN "THE PREVENTION OF LITERATURE" (1946) HE DESCRIBED 'ORGANIZED LYING' AS A CRUCIAL ELEMENT OF TOTALITARIAN STATES.


Interesting comment. I first read Animal Farm at the height of the Cold War and like my contemporaries saw the book as a tongue-in-cheek condemnation of the old Soviet Union. Then we won the Cold War and Animal Farm became just another outdated story like Moby Dick: an interesting yarn, but not having a lot of relevance to our modern world.

Little did I realize that the true value of this book had yet to be demonstrated, for we are living the early chapters of Animal Farm in the United States today. Fortunately, the jury is still out on whether we will follow the entire book and end up as a totalitarian state where all dissent is harshly squashed - but we are certainly well down that road. (IRS targeting of political dissenters.)

Even the response to this article demonstrates that the pigs are gaining control. For although the job numbers are improving they are still terrible and the only way to defend them is to change the argument and point fingers - just as the pigs do in Animal Farm.

When I was a kid we laughed at the old Soviet state-run newspaper called Pravda; today I find myself similarly laughing at our so-called mainstream media and how they stand on their heads to make the current situation look good no mater what the facts say. But as the end of Animal House demonstrates, it is really no laughing matter.


"...for we are living the early chapters of Animal Farm in the United States today"

"But as the end of Animal House demonstrates, it is really no laughing matter".

Are you mixing metaphors on purpose?

Chris Miller vs George Orwell?

Pigs in Togas!!!!

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I'd suggest rereading the book then, it will give you a whole different perspective about all the Squealers we read here and see on TV. Here's a few other quotes to chew on (for ease of transcription I used: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ani...). Compare them to your favorite commentator here, politician, or talking head on TV:

*Remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray. Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies. Man serves the interests of no creature except himself. And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

*The early apples were now ripening, and the grass of the orchard was littered with windfalls. The animals had assumed as a matter of course that these would be shared out equally; one day, however, the order went forth that all the windfalls were to be collected and brought to the harness-room for the use of the pigs. At this some of the other animals murmured, but it was no use. All the pigs were in full agreement on this point, even Snowball and Napoleon. Squealer was sent to make the necessary explanations to the others.
"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades," cried Squealer almost pleadingly, skipping from side to side and whisking his tail, "surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?"

Now if there was one thing that the animals were completely certain of, it was that they did not want Jones back. When it was put to them in this light, they had no more to say. The importance of keeping the pigs in good health was all too obvious. So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and the windfall apples (and also the main crop of apples when they ripened) should be reserved for the pigs alone.

*Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

*Afterwards Squealer made a round of the farm and set the animals' minds at rest. He assured them that the resolution against engaging in trade and using money had never been passed, or even suggested. It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lies circulated by Snowball. A few animals still felt faintly doubtful, but Squealer asked them shrewdly, "Are you certain that this is not something that you have dreamed, comrades? Have you any record of such a resolution? Is it written down anywhere?" And since it was certainly true that nothing of the kind existed in writing, the animals were satisfied that they had been mistaken.

*Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball. If a window was broken or a drain was blocked up, someone was certain to say that Snowball had come in the night and done it, and when the key of the store-shed was lost, the whole farm was convinced that Snowball had thrown it down the well. Curiously enough, they went on believing this even after the mislaid key was found under a sack of meal.

*A few days later, when the terror caused by the executions had died down, some of the animals remembered--or thought they remembered--that the Sixth Commandment decreed "No animal shall kill any other animal." And though no one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs, it was felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this. Clover asked Benjamin to read her the Sixth Commandment, and when Benjamin, as usual, said that he refused to meddle in such matters, she fetched Muriel. Muriel read the Commandment for her. It ran: "No animal shall kill any other animal WITHOUT CAUSE." Somehow or other, the last two words had slipped out of the animals' memory. But they saw now that the Commandment had not been violated; for clearly there was good reason for killing the traitors who had leagued themselves with Snowball.

*But a few days later Muriel, reading over the Seven Commandments to herself, noticed that there was yet another of them which the animals had remembered wrong. They had thought the Fifth Commandment was "No animal shall drink alcohol," but there were two words that they had forgotten. Actually the Commandment read: "No animal shall drink alcohol TO EXCESS."

*For the time being, certainly, it had been found necessary to make a readjustment of rations (Squealer always spoke of it as a "readjustment," never as a "reduction"), but in comparison with the days of Jones, the improvement was enormous. Reading out the figures in a shrill, rapid voice, he proved to them in detail that they had more oats, more hay, more turnips than they had had in Jones's day, that they worked shorter hours, that their drinking water was of better quality, that they lived longer, that a larger proportion of their young ones survived infancy, and that they had more straw in their stalls and suffered less from fleas. The animals believed every word of it. Truth to tell, Jones and all he stood for had almost faded out of their memories. They knew that life nowadays was harsh and bare, that they were often hungry and often cold, and that they were usually working when they were not asleep. But doubtless it had been worse in the old days. They were glad to believe so. Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, as Squealer did not fail to point out.

*Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer — except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs.

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The patterns are all the same. Squealer says something to the sheep who never question them. They then go around bleating his propaganda. As the other animals hear the news everywhere they change their own minds since it seems so common. The same never question a continually-changing law, happily resigning themselves to having just forgotten what is said this whole time. The pigs could never be wrong! Always we have Dear Leader Napoleon dismissing the old and attempting to reprogram the new generation. Always "Snowball" is blamed for every little thing as the other pigs must be seen as faultless and the other animals need an easy target on which to heap their personal flaws.

Amazingly eerie, isn't it, ohioengineer?


Republicans helped? Those are states run by Republican Gov's you imbecile.


Did you ever even read Animal Farm?


WE have "Animal House" and "Animal Farm". which are the two of you referencing?


Havin a problem reading huh? Said "Animal farm" That's not a book for those with a third grade education so i understand the confusion.


Stop It, how many hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost each month before Barack became president? How many lost their homes before Barack became President? How much was lost on Wall Street before Barack became President? Those numbers weren't "pumped up". America was on the brink of total economic collapse BEFORE Barack became President.
Ps. We also had a balanced budget BEFORE Bush stole his anointment.

Bush and the E N T I R E Republican party have barbaric brains and souls of greed that are garbed in the Devil's clothing.

* Everyone needs to get out and vote. Get your family members to vote. Tell your friends they need to vote. VOTE! Let's turn back the Republican onslaught before it's too late. EVERY vote counts.

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Absolutely PB&J.

Stop It

I wish it was so easy as picking one party over the other, pntbutterandjelly. In fact, it is not. One has to mull over the factors of each individual running for office. I would never vote a straight ticket on a party. It seems quite a few of our posters do. The truth of the matter is the proof that both parties are after one thing. Their own gain. They are indivisible. With your way of thinking, I am gonna guess that I am a Republican in your mind, even though that is far from the truth. I choose my selections for office by studying the INDIVIDUAL'S track record. It isn't fun but it is a must. When you label me, you sure as hell label yourself.


Glad to see that you research the candidates. Where several issues are involved, candidates may have positions on some that are opposite yours.

Actually, voting is like a eating pizza that somebody else ordered... the issues are the toppings, and you have to eat the whole pizza, not just your favorite slices.


good point ^^^^^

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I agree, downthemiddle.


Don't confuse them with facts. It makes them go crazy and 'crap on cop cars' (I think that's the charge someone here made against Dems).
Don't talk about the fact, according to his own ads, our Right-to-Work governor comes from a long line of UNION workers who helped pay his way in this world. His mother is daughter of a first-generation immigrant (which makes him grandson of an immigrant).
And his ad says under Bush (which one?) HE, JOHN KASICH, balanced the budget. (!?!?)

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ContraryAnn you really, really need to either improve your reading comprehension or quit purposely twisting words which are readily available to read here. It paints you as a trifiling shrew at best or disingenuous manipulator at worst. That's even ignoring your obvious partisan slant. But hey, these are just constructive comments from a reader here in these forums.

Your "someone" was me (the second time you have done such a thing with my comments), it wasn't a "charge" as it actually happened (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/...), and on top of that I clearly separated a person like that as a criminal and not a peaceful protester. Additionally you make the ludicrous (and perhaps guiltily defensive?) remark that I somehow mentioned the Democratic Party in my comments which I did not nor did I even imply.

Quit changing the barn laws, Squealer. I'M talking about Animal Farm when I say that as you need clarification on context based on your prior remarks. Taken literally of course. But you know better than that and were using sarcasm (I employ it quite handily myself) lending credibility to the theory you are in fact quite intelligent and enjoy purposely twisting and disseminating false notions. If I'm mistaken please, please correct me.

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WED, 04/16/2014 - 9:35PM
Ya'll were cheering when the cops were cracking heads at the Occupy Wall Street movement. And these people had no guns, didn't threaten to put women in front of them, and didn't steal land from you and me.

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WED, 04/16/2014 - 9:43PM
Are you referring to the people who crapped on police cars (and many public places/parks), raped women in tents, dealt drugs, incited violence, or destroyed property? You mean the actual criminals who were within the movement and jeopardizing/distracting the peaceful protesters elsewhere?

How many ranchers raped people during the protest against BLM agents? Apparently none as no shots were fired nor heads cracked.

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If you want to call out Governor Kasich then please do. Levy all kinds of questions and charges against him on your own. But if you would enjoy having other people take you seriously for other points you try to make, perhaps you can work to improve your credibility elsewhere.

EDIT: I will add that I am hardly a perfect person myself, but as meowmix pointed out earlier I have an "Achilles's heel" when it comes to this sort of stuff. I really get upset when people who are otherwise functional, intelligent human beings twist what is said for their own use especially if it is used against others.


...get voter registration forms from your BOE and have them for friends who aren't registered or who have moved and changed address or who have married/divorced and changed name or WHO WILL BE 18 BEFORE the November election.


I actually read something on this very subject just this past week, PBJ. More than 7 million jobs were lost during the last year of the disastrous Bush presidency. Since Obama took office, more than 6 million new jobs have been created.

It takes a special kind of cluelessness to know that "7 million jobs lost under GOP leadership" and "6 million gained under Democratic leadership" are both true statements, and still insist that Obama has somehow made America a worse place to live.

Dr. Information

U6 number ticked up from 12.6 to 12.7 this month. That's the true unemployment. The rest is smoke and mirrors. Unemployment is stagnant.


Numbers confuse and scare Obama worshipers. So please do not scare them with facts it only makes them crap on cop cars and stuff.


Yeah, don't confuse Republicans with facts like the $500 million cuts to education, forcing people paying those state taxes to tack on more local taxes - and still lose thousands of teaching posts (what is it, five more in Huron?).
And don't we always hear when unemployment numbers drop that it just means more people have stopped trying, applying?
Which story you wanna go with?


U6 12.6 to 12.7% Just so you know 12.7 is worse than 12.6% http://www.portalseven.com/emplo...
Maybe if Hillary and her State Dept wouldn't have lost 6 BILLION dollars they could pay for education? Nawww That would be too simple for you folks. Besides all 500 million would do for education is just be funneled back into building a library for your god.


You mean like 8 million signing up for insurance under the AHCA?
...and millions more signing up in states where their governors (mostly Democrats) accepted Medicaid? Even Ohio's top man, who originally said he would NOT accept the Medicaid help accepted the Medicaid help.


Re: "You mean like 8 million signing up for insurance under the AHCA?"

Is that 8 million who have bought insurance... or most getting medicaid... how many paid for an insurance plan? Till those numbers are answered we don't know how many are helped by AHCA, and how many ended up going on medicaid (which they were elligable for before obamaScare came along) and how many clicked onto the webisite and simply priced, or checked what their coverage and various plans were for insurance through obamacare will be. Saying 8 million signed up is not really what has happened.

We have been waiting for the actual numbers of who went on medicaid and how many actually bought an insurance plan for 3 or 4 months... since obamacare's first deadline was... then after the second deadline... now the third... or is it the fourth? Since this is all done thriough computers is it really that hard.. or impossible to get these numbers? Really?


I know math is hard and all but let me walk you through this.
7 Million- lost insurance according to CBO
8 million have signed up according to Obama.
That's 1 million people who gained anything. And we are not even sure if the number is that high as the presidential number is being reported from know liars who bias reports.
(You could purchase a healthcare plan for every man woman and child in the US with the 2 trillion they have spent so far.)

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I see the majority of the states with the decline of unemployment are held by Republican Governors, the ones with the least decline are democrats.


So let's see, according to well-accepted knowledge from months/years of posters on here, lower unemployment numbers just mean "people have stopped seeking work and thus are not counted".
That certainly could be said of Ohio, I suppose. Didn't Huron Schools just eliminate five more teaching positions?
Log on to the Ohio Means Jobs website and see how many of the jobs posted there are expired - some by a month or more. The Governor's pet project.
Even the "Job Store" is no longer the JOB store...

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You're right. It's all about wording. In the first paragraph it states about 2/3 of the states reported job gains, but in the second paragraph it only lists the numbers of unemployment dropping. It never did state that those states had actually got job gains, it only leads us to conclude that it does.

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You are correct and I appreciate you pointing that out. There are many sneaky presumptions put into articles like this. Once a reader like you becomes aware of them it is amazing just how you see that practice everywhere else. Those who don't have as inquisitive a mind or strong reading comprehension skills are happy to just be flung in a general-yet-railroaded direction of presumption.

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Unfortunately I've been noticing the trend for about five years. Wonder why? Lol. Seems as though there's no real journalists anymore, and ya have to become your own investigator to come up with the truth.

I do have an inquisitive mind, but sometimes I can't articulate it well. It's a talent you possess and is admired.

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I appreciate the compliment, thank you. Unfortunately many of my thoughts seem to be rather long-winded(?) and apparently there are some on here who call me narcissistic. Buuuuut my heart is at the core of each of them and if people don't want to read it then I suppose their eyes can glaze over a bit as they scroll.

I can promise you this: the more you are on here posting, exploring, reading, and responding the better you can articulate whatever you wish to present to we in the peanut gallery of the SR forums! If you really want "hard mode practice" you can use your real name to post, though I can understand if you don't want to do that.

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Oh my goodness no!!! I'm not ready for that "hard mode practice" yet! I'm just a beginner!

A narcissistic? Nah. An intellectual? For sure on that one!


I can not and will not vote for a party whose main thrust is to;

a) Block every attempt brought forward by any President as was their mission statement after the last Presidential election
b) give additional tax breaks to the wealthy and tax-dodging corporations while suppressing the middle class and low wage earners
c) push for untold amounts of money to flood our election process thus again aiding only the wealthy
d) continue to hold down living wages (if you want to call $10.10 a living wage)
e) create immoral wars to benefit the oil barons and the Bush family legacy and pride
f) downplay the pay scale differences between men and women
g) trying to privatize Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, schools and the Post Office so corporations can make even more money and then dodge the taxes they owe
h) use every tactic they can to keep people from voting and create the lies of "voter fraud"
I) willingly accept the radical ideas of the T-party to gain a few more votes

Nope. Nope. Nope. I will NOT saddle up to party like that. I have more respect for myself and no respect for those who are trying, through ANY means they can, to steal our DEMOCRACY. nope.

Stop It

This ISN'T a Democracy as much as you would like it to be so. It IS a Republic. Get used to it or try to change it. You can't just "think it" so.


The facts remain "Stop It". It's one MESSED up party. (This coming from a former Republican!) They have no heart, soul or concerns except for those who "pay to play". The Oligarchs are living well off the rest of the Americans. It's easy to see in the income disparities if anyone cares to look. The theory of "trickle down" isn't working out so well for America's future.

Dr. Information

Why does anyone who makes it in the country by working hard have to pay for everyone else that doesn't.

Its a dog eat dog world. America was created on Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. Nothing guaranteed.


Especially liked b,c, and d. While we are at it right next door (Huron County an elected official was silent as manufacturing jobs left. Yet he helped get a state farm bill passed. Of course when established business gets tax dollars that is not welfare.