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  •  McDonald's is reporting flat February sales (4+ / 0-)

    Wal-Mart sales are flat. These are companies that thrive during economic downturns. They blame minutely higher taxes and "high" gas prices that are 20% lower (after inflation) than in 2007. Costco and Target sales are up. The big three are selling a lot of cars. Can we finally admit that economic conditions have improved?

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 10:22:03 AM PST

    •  If you count private sector jobs only . . . (3+ / 0-)
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      there were only 10 months during the Bush Administration with a better record.  

      The Private Sector added 246,000 jobs last month.  There was a 10,000 drop in Government jobs (State & Local) which nets out to the 236,000 job gain reported.  

      People have a hard time accepting that the current situation could compare with the best months of the
      Jan 2001 to Dec 2008 time frame.

      Here's another shocker:  In Private Sector jobs, there was never a 36 month period from 2001-2008 that can beat the last 36 months.

      There is no existence without doubt.

      by Mark Lippman on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 10:55:43 AM PST

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    •  Housing is improving too (3+ / 0-)
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      at double-digit rates in some states. There is pent-up inventory  as folks who could have been waiting to sell. Folks are peeking out of their parents' baesements and apartments, seeing good proces and amazing interest rates, and starting to buy again.

      New housing starts are up as well, which creates more jobs.

       All this brings up housing prices across communities. So those with houses that have been under water are being lifted with everything else.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 10:56:13 AM PST

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    •  I could care less about McDonalds and WalMart (0+ / 0-)

      But economic conditions have really improved since June 2009, when the Great Recession officially ended.  It's just that given the nature of the six figure job losses years ago from 2008-2009, industries need time to get adjusted and fill positions again so they can do business.

      But I'd rather McDonalds and Walmart be reformed than add jobs because I hear nothing but horror stories of people who work internally in those companies.

    •  236K vs 271K for Feb 2012 (0+ / 0-)

      Seems pretty flat to me.

      •  Did you see the jobs report for January? (1+ / 0-)
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        On the other hand, I could repsect a flat jobs report at 271,000 every month for twelve months.  That's a whopping 3,252,000 jobs per year.  That's 13,008,000 in four years.  Not bad.  Not as good as under President Clintion but not a bad start.  IMHO

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