Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:09 pm
We've been giving a lot of virtual ink to the problem of food insecurity lately — the challenges people face when they frequently can't put enough food on the table. And sometimes it seems like an insurmountable problem.
Now it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. And today a story about the business of music.
Joining us now to talk about today's jobs numbers is Alan Krueger. He's the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Welcome.
ALAN KRUEGER: Thank you.
SIEGEL: Is it fair to say that the good news here, the lower unemployment rate is produced by bad news, so many people leaving the workforce and that 96,000 jobs in a month is a discouraging jobs report?
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STEVE INSKEEP. HOST: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Hours after President Obama delivered his speech at the Democratic Convention, the latest unemployment report provided a reminder of what's at stake. The unemployment rate dropped in August, which sounds good, but the number of jobs created was below expectations for August.
The number of U.S. families struggling to put enough food on the table remains at record-high levels, according to new figures out today from the government. Last year, 1 in almost 7 households were what the government calls "food insecure." That's about the same level as in 2010, but still far higher than before the recession.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 25, increased from the previous week's total.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,956 from the previous week's total of 2,835. Initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 3,648.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,055 from the previous week's total of 2,963.
Unemployment rates fell from June to July in 62 of Louisiana's 64 parishes, according to figures released Friday.
Lafourche Parish has the lowest jobless rate at 5.2 percent. East Carroll Parish's 20 percent rate is the highest. Only Concordia and Franklin parishes saw increases.
The oil-fueled Houma metro area, with 5.4 percent unemployment, is lowest among Louisiana's eight urban areas. Joblessness in metro New Orleans fell to 8.1 percent from 8.7 percent in June. In metro Baton Rouge, it fell to 8 percent from 8.7 percent.
It’s been nearly three years since the federal stimulus plan began. So ProPublica took all the data used on the government’s stimulus Web site, Recovery.gov, spiffed it up and added thousands of other recovery spending records. The result: the most comprehensive publicly available analysis of stimulus spending that we know of.
Projects Stimulus contracts, grants and loans in Orleans County, La. Data last updated on February 2012. We have CSV files available for download. Sign up here. Note: For some programs where states do not report where money will be distributed across the state, we do not have the allocation for individual counties.
A new study says New Orleans is in a poverty crisis. The review, commissioned by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and conducted by the Greater New Orleans Comunity Data Center, finds financial trouble extending to the middle class.