Mike Huckabee News
Mar 10 2014
If you have a job, thank your employer…The Labor Department released its new jobs numbers Friday, and the news is…eh. The economy added 175,000 jobs in February. A bit better than predicted, but nowhere near enough even to start to dig us out of the hole we’ve been in for five years. We need to add about a hundred thousand jobs a month just to keep up with population growth. With so many millions of Americans among the longterm unemployed, covering population growth plus 75,000 extra doesn’t make much of a dent. In fact, the jobless rate actually ticked up a notch, to 6.7 percent, just because so many people who’d given up looking for jobs decided to try again. But the competition’s fierce. One Dayton woman told Bloomberg.com that she finally landed a job after applying at one hundred different businesses. A new chain restaurant in Athens, Ohio, advertised that it was hiring wait staff and got 900 applicants. That place is going to have GREAT service.
Once again, the best place to look for a job was Texas. The Obama Labor Department likes to rap the Lone Star State for creating only “bad” jobs that pay minimum wage. But a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas found that since the year 2000, Texas not only led the nation in job creation, it led in creating jobs at all pay levels. In fact, 55 percent of the net jobs created in Texas were in the two highest pay quarters. If you’re looking for a tech or banking job, you might be better off saddling up and heading for Dallas or Houston than hanging around Silicon Valley or Wall Street. And by the way, I’d like to note the arrogance of anyone in the government deciding that some jobs are “bad” jobs. One of the most pernicious ideas to come out of Washington lately is that we should be grateful to the government for “liberating” us from “bad jobs.” Every honest job is worthy of respect. When you do your best every day, employers notice, and those bad jobs tend to get better and better. And the best thing about any so-called “bad” job is that it liberates you from being dependent on the government.