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Grim Tidings of Initial Unemployment Claims February 4, 2010

Posted by geoff in News.
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The Department of Labor released the initial unemployment claims data for the last week in January, and claims rose again. “Unexpectedly,” of course. The last 3 weeks of data have all been around 475,000, which is not boding well for a mid-summer recovery, nor for tomorrow’s unemployment rate. Here’s what the data looks like:

As noted by Hot Air yesterday, the prediction for tomorrow’s numbers is:

Analysts expect a gain of 5,000 jobs and an uptick in unemployment to 10.1%

Based on the claims numbers, I’m not nearly so optimistic.

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1. MCPO Airdale - February 4, 2010

I’m sure the numbers will be, “unexpected”.

2. Mrs. Peel - February 4, 2010

Here’s what the data looks like:

I expect that from Michael, but not from you, geoff.

*goes to bed*

3. Michael - February 5, 2010

Here’s what the data looks like:

I expect that from Michael, but not from you, geoff.

Jeebers, he used the plural form of datum with a singular verb, which is a common error in English usage of that Latin noun.

Give Geoff a break.

Is that really a big deal, compared to the fact that you can’t fit into your favorite pair of jeans and need to shed 3.2 lbs. off your butt? Huh?

4. Michael - February 5, 2010

[I just made that up, because, on average, every woman on the planet thinks her butt is 3.2 lbs. too large. They are all wrong about this.]

5. geoff - February 5, 2010

I expect that from Michael, but not from you, geoff.

The “set” is silent. And unwritten. And stuff.

6. Michael - February 5, 2010

Oh Geoff, that is a lame attempt at recovery. You can’t say now that you meant “data set.”

I have the right response. Focus on the fact that Mrs. Peel can’t squeeze herself into her favorite pair of jeans. That will score some points.

7. geoff - February 5, 2010

You can’t say now that you meant “data set.”

Dang. It didn’t work the last time she called me out on this, either.

Focus on the fact that Mrs. Peel can’t squeeze herself into her favorite pair of jeans. That will score some points.

I’d prefer to be able to sleep with both eyes closed, thank you.

8. sandy burger - February 5, 2010

(Setting a trap for Mrs. Peel…)

Does it bug you that I talk about my “cactuses”?

To be honest, I usually say “cactus plants”, but I sometimes say “cactuses” instead.

9. Retired Geezer - February 5, 2010

Trouble Brewing.

10. Sean - February 5, 2010

Did you guys see this cool Video…It’s a spoof of OneRepublics “Apologize” and the theme is the Declaration of Independence…it is well done.

I think it is becoming too late for President Obama to apologize as well.

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/bighollywood/2010/02/04/video-hey-king-george-its-too-late-to-apologize/

11. Car in - February 5, 2010

I like how fucking on-time the Bureau of Labor Statistics is. Someone sleep in?

12. Car in - February 5, 2010

I mean, does 8:30 eastern happen at a different time in Washington?

13. Mrs. Peel - February 5, 2010

Heh, I actually tend to think of “data” as a collective noun, because that’s the way we use it, so it would take a singular verb (in American English, anyway). I was just being a pill. 😛

Is cactus actually a Latin word, sandy? *looks it up* Apparently, it is Latin and is derived from the Greek kaktos. I guess it could take the Latin plural. Personally, I wouldn’t say anything about “cactuses” because that is an acceptable plural in English, and Latin-style plurals frequently get put on words that don’t take them (for example, octopus; it’s -pus, not -us, and -pus is Greek, so the “proper” plural is -podes. But no one actually says “octopodes”).

Michael, it’s actually more like 0.25 pounds. 3.5 extra pounds on my whole body, maybe, but just my ass? Dude, if I lost 3.5 pounds off just my ass, the corresponding weight loss everywhere else would leave me skeletal and I would have to eat some hamburgers and ice cream forthwith. Not to mention do some serious stuffing in my bra.

14. Mrs. Peel - February 5, 2010

3.2, not 3.5, sorry. My point stands.

and I meant to add that I don’t know enough Latin or Greek to necessarily recognize those cases where the plurals are being misapplied. So hearing someone use the English plural of cactus would make me likely to assume that it’s not supposed to take the usual Latin plural.

(PS, my friend who does know tons of Latin & Greek says that the proper plural of Horcrux is Horcruces)

15. Tushar - February 5, 2010

Mrs. Peel, aren’t you supposed to be studying or something?
Shoo!


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