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Sorry, Mr. Puzder: no correlation between exchange premiums and restaurant employment

December 9th, 2016

My colleague Ben Spielberg made this neat scatterplot today in reference to a claim by Labor Secretary designee Andrew Puzder. Puzder claimed that a “government mandated restaurant recession” was caused by rising premiums in the Obamacare exchanges. The idea is that consumers, after paying for health coverage, didn’t have enough left to go out to… Read more

Odds and Ends

December 6th, 2016

–I continue to earnestly and ploddingly try to find the way back to Factville. Over at WaPo. –More on the seriously botched decision by a Texas judge to enjoin/block the new overtime rule that should have gone into effect a few days ago (Dec 1). Over at Vox. –Readers know my take on Trump’s Carrier… Read more

Another solid jobs report, but wage growth NOT pushing up price growth (so chill, Fed…)

December 2nd, 2016

Payrolls were up 178,000 last month and the unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, in yet another installment of solid, monthly job reports. Wage growth was flat in November, manufacturing jobs are down, and the labor force contracted slightly, so the report was not uniformly positive. But the job market continues… Read more