Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his Criminal Employment Squad conducted their 59th employer sanction/identity theft raid by serving a search warrant at a west valley construction business yesterday morning.
When we look at broad measures of jobs and population, then the beginning of 2012 was one of the worst months in US history, with a total of 2.3 million people losing jobs or leaving the workforce in a single month. Yet, the official unemployment rate showed a decline from 8.5% to 8.3% in January – and was such cheering news that it set off a stock rally.
The most important story in health care today involves the release of the Kaiser Family Foundation‘s annual survey of employer-sponsored health insurance premiums. According to the survey, premiums rose by $56 per month, or $672 per year, for the average family health insurance plan — that’s an increase of more than 4 percent, more than twice the rate of inflation.
This December jobs number—a gain of 200,000 according to survey of business establishments—was hailed as a sign that the economic recovery has finally built up a head of steam. The downtick in unemployment, to 8.5% from November’s revised 8.7%, added to the euphoria gripping the MSM.