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Texas Unemployment

29 Nov

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2011 to 8.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in August 2011 at 8.5% and is now 0.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.


Unemployment Rate October 2011 Month/Month Year/Year
National 9.0% -0.1 -0.7
Texas 8.4% -0.1 +0.2


Unemployment Rate: Texas, National



Unemployment Rate of the United States

15 Nov

The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 9 percent in October of 2011. From 1948 until 2010 the United States’ Unemployment Rate averaged 5.70 percent reaching an historical high of 10.80 percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May of 1953. The labour force is defined as the number of people employed plus the number unemployed but seeking work. The nonlabour force includes those who are not looking for work, those who are institutionalised and those serving in the military. U.S. nonfarm payroll employment continued to trend up in October (+80,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 4. Employment in the private sector rose, with modest job growth continuing in professional and businesses services, leisure and hospitality, health care, and mining. Government employment continued to trend down.

Unemployment Rate 2009 near 14%

8 Nov

Stop Cyber-bullying

27 Oct

Cyber-bullying is when someone is using the internet and other related technologies to intentionaly and repeatedly hurt someone and their reputation in a hostile manner. This can be done by either posting messages or pictures of the individual online, or send a text on a phone to try to embarrass somebody. Cyber-bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation.Kids report being mean to each other online beginning as young as 2nd grade. According to research, boys initiate mean online activity earlier than girls do. However, by middle school, girls are more likely to engage in cyber-bullying than boys do.Whether the bully is male or female, their purpose is to intentionally embarrass others, harass, intimidate, or make threats online to one another. This bullying occurs via email, text messaging, posts to blogs, and Web sites.

Its important that we take a stand and put an end to cyber-bullying. Start a campaign and to stop cyber bullying and also educate young people about the harmful effects of cyber-bullying so that they don’t get involved in that type of hostile environment.

Can WikiLeaks be prosecuted for leaking government documents?

20 Oct
The third large release of documents from the shadowy website WikiLeaks on Nov. 28, 2010, shared more than 250,000 sensitive diplomatic cables and directives from the U.S. State Department, and followed large dumps of documents from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The leak sparked furor among lawmakers and government officials, but can anything be done to punish WikiLeaks?
The web site first appeared in January 2007, its hosted by a Swedish that gaurds information about its clients. It has no headquarters and has hundreds of volunteers around the world. It collects donations to pay for upkeep of the operation, and legal representation in the past has been donated by media organizations such as the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times.

Lack of Jobs in America

18 Oct

One in six Americans, 17 percent, is underemployed. That’s nearly 25 million people who are out of work, have given up looking, or been forced to take a part time job. The recession has wiped out 15 percent of our manufacturing workforce. That’s more than 2 million jobs that will likely never come back.

This graph published in 1998 projected the loss of jobs in the types of occupations listed.
Keep in mind this only shows the top ten occupations. The numbers are in thousands of jobs.

job losses

This graph published in 2000 projected the loss of jobs in the types of occupations listed.
Keep in mind this only shows the top ten occupations.

job losses