Jan. 10th, 2017

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Jan. 10th, 2017 12:00 pm
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In which John Green discusses the “real” unemployment rate in the United States, and how different ways of calculating jobless rates have led to vastly different conclusions about the health of the U.S. economy. SOURCES BELOW!

Other questions addressed include: What is the difference between the U1 unemployment rate and the U6 unemployment rate? Which one is the better measure of unemployment? What percentage of Americans are employed? And what percentage of those unemployed are looking for work? And what does it all say about the present and future of the U.S. economy, and our divisive political discourse? Thank you to Rosianna for all the charts and graphs! http://youtube.com/rosianna

The information in this video came from:

1. Trading Economics has great and visually intuitive explanations of the U-3 unemployment rate over time in the United States.

2. BLS stats about labor force participation rates and how many people out of the labor force say they “do not want a job now.”

3. Information about the civilian labor force participation rate can be found here  and the labor force participation rate for those between 25 and 54 can be found here.

4. This is a highly detailed article that I found helpful looking at causes of the decline in labor force participation. An easier to read overview at the Washington Post.

5. Real median household income in the United States is, after adjusting for inflation, rising but not yet to pre-recession levels.

6. This article explores how we try to have internationally comparable unemployment rates.

7. This web site has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to look at the U-3, U-5, and U-6 unemployment figures over time.

8. This has up-to-date figures all unemployment measures (including U-1 and U-2, which aren’t discussed in this video).

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Happy New Year! The Fight For America officially begins! 

“Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it.” - Hillary Clinton

JANUARY Important Dates:

Jan 3 (Mon) - 115th Congress convenes

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Jan 21 (Sat) - Women’s March


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So I saw Gays on Ice today. It was good 10/10, would recommend.

Seriously tho, I love figure skating soooooo… a quick piece to get back to drawing again.

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We’re snuggling in with FREEKS by Amanda Hocking, our Book Date of the week. Here’s a bit about it:

Mara is used to the extraordinary.  Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in a small town, where she meets a gorgeous guy named Gabe.  But then Mara realizes there’s a dark presence in the town that’s threatening her friends.  She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever.

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In Belgrade, about 2,000 people, mainly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria, are currently sleeping in abandoned buildings in the city center, while temperatures plummet far below freezing.

We are witnessing the most cruel and inhumane consequences of European policies, which are being used to deter and victimize those who are only seeking safety and protection in Europe

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