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How Japan Will Create "Hundreds of Thousands" of American Jobs

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"Bringing American jobs back" has been President Trump's motto since he first announced his campaign on June 16, 2015.

Who knew that Japan would adopt this motto as well?

Here's what Tokyo plans to do for U.S. workers in the months and years ahead... and the ulterior motive the country has for helping...

American Jobs Aren't Going to Mexico – They Are Disappearing Entirely

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Trump has negotiated to keep American jobs at home.

But the hard truth is, these deals aren't going to bring jobs back.

They're going to disappear altogether...

Kraft Heinz Plant Closures Add to Growing 2015 Layoffs

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Kraft Heinz Food Co. (NYSE: HNZ) announced Wednesday it will close seven plants in the United States and Canada over the next two years. The Kraft Heinz plant closures will eliminate 2,600 jobs and add to 2015's growing layoff tally.

This year's year-to-date tally is already 13% higher 2014's full-year total.

Here's why things will likely get worse....

Jobs Report Turns Tables on Traditional Retail Havens

The lower than expected jobs numbers that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week could signal a trend more disturbing than a potential rise in unemployment.

Find out why.

With 40% of Americans One Bill Away from Financial Disaster, What's Next?

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout money and U.S. Federal Reserve stimulus, the U.S. economy is still not working very well for the average American.

According to a survey by Bankrate.com, 40% of Americans say they are just one big bill away from financial disaster. That tells Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald that the government's efforts to rescue the U.S. economy have failed.

He said there's one figure he's watching this week that will show if there's much hope for Main Street at this point...

Gallup CEO Just Outted Government's False Unemployment Rate

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The government's official unemployment rate is "a Big Lie," according to Jim Clifton, the CEO of 80-year old analytics firm Gallup. In a Feb. 3 op-ed, Clifton slammed the White House, Wall Street, and the media for celebrating about how unemployment is "down" to 5.7%.

Of course, here at Money Morning, we've called the "official" unemployment numbers cooked all along.

It's a good thing that Clifton is onboard with us - the more the merrier.

We want Americans to know there's a reason why they haven't "felt the recovery." Check out this breakdown...

Beware the Strange Data in the September Jobs Report

The September jobs report, delayed for weeks because of the government shutdown, is not at all what anyone expected. Not only did the headline number of 148,000 jobs fall far short of expectations but a lot of the underlying numbers just don't quite add up.

Here's why we're skeptical of the latest jobs report...

July Jobs Report Confirms These Major Problems with U.S. Employment

The July jobs report brings the total number of part-time jobs created this year to more than three times the amount of full-time jobs added.

Welcome to America: Land of part-timers...

The trend was pronounced in June when data revealed part-time jobs grew by a robust 360,000 and full-time jobs declined by 240,000. Friday's July jobs report was further proof.

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June Jobs Report: Beware Underemployment and Underground Economy

June jobs report doesn't look so bad, until you see the real story – like the amount of underemployed and dangerous underground economy growth…

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You can Figure out When the Fed Might Start Tapering

Although you might think the markets simply respond any time Ben Bernanke sneezes, his "cold cycle" is not one of the indicators that will spell the slowing

and eventual cessation of the printing press at the Fed.

There actually is a mathematical formula used by the Federal Reserve to determine when to stop the presses.

I could give you the formula and it would look like this:

POP2 = [1-(%POP) m*m] *POP1.

Or, I could share the link to the Federal Reserve's Jobs Calculator in Atlanta.

This is the same calculator used by the Fed to determine when the jobs market and the unemployment rate will align properly. And when they do, it will signal to the Federal Reserve that it might be a good time to start tapering its $85 billion a month bond buying program.

This is what needs to happen: The economy will have to show new job growth.

The Fed is looking for the creation of 150,000 to 200,000 new jobs each month for 6 months. This is how we look now:

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Today's May Jobs Report: When Bad News is Good News

When bad news is good news for stock markets you know just how convoluted the current economic environment is.

According to the May jobs report out today (Friday), the U.S. unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6% in May from 7.5% in April, the first increase since the start of 2013. And, markets rallied on the news. The Dow Jones soared more than 200 points by mid-day.

Some will say the May jobs report was good news - thousands of out-of-work people returned to the work force, and the 175,000 jobs added beat expectations.

The reality is we're just treading water. And the labor force participation rate is still at 30-year lows.

But the real good news is the jobs report means more U.S. Federal Reserve support, which will fuel markets already hitting record highs.  

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April Employment Report Begins to Show the Signs of the "Obamacare Effect"

Economists breathed a sigh of relief when the Labor Department reported a better than expected April employment report on Friday, but the details show cracks still remain.

Many of the job gains proved to be in lower paying fields and the average number of hours worked dipped.

In fact, April's report revealed the average workweek for private sector employees declined 0.2 hour to 34.4 hours.

The data also suggests The Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare, is already having an impact on hiring since job growth has slowed most significantly among businesses with 50-499 employees.

This could be the reason why...

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January 2013 Jobs Report: 4 Reasons Unemployment Will Stay High

The U.S. Labor Department released the January 2013 jobs report Friday, showing the unemployment rate inched upward from 7.8% to 7.9%.

Employers added 157,000 jobs in January, short estimates of 168,000, which would have kept the unemployment rate stable.

The jobs report included some good news: Revisions to last year's data, customary in January, show the U.S. added 335,000 more jobs than initially reported in 2012, bringing the monthly average for jobs gained to 181,000 from the 153,000 initially reported.

Employment gains for November and December were revised higher by a total of 127,000.

Contributing most to January payroll increases were the retail, construction and healthcare sectors. The government continued to shed workers, a trend that began four years ago.

But the employment outlook remains bleak. Joblessness has proved persistent, with the unemployment rate stuck above an unhealthy 7% for more than four years.

"The good news is that January's employment gains, coupled with large revisions to the prior months, may translate into more consumer spending power. The bad news is that unemployment remains stubbornly high," said Kathy Bostjanic, director of macroeconomics analysis at the Conference Board.

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Five Savvy Ways to Conquer the Wall of Worry


If you like extreme risk and consider living on the edge to be "normal," today's column isn't for you.

Today I'm writing to the millions of investors who are completely terrified by the prospect of what's next and who simply want their faith restored - not to mention their investments.

To all of them I would say: You are not alone and you're not wrong to be apprehensive.

Our political situation is an embarrassing train wreck, our national debt looks like a one way trip to financial hell, housing remains in the dungeon, unemployment is unacceptably high and Europe...oh Europe.

It's nothing short of a gigantic wall of worry.

Plus, there have been so many attempts to "fix" things that I've lost count. Throwing good money after bad is a fool's game and one that will have very real and inevitable consequences.

So what should investors do?

The Fed's War on Capitalism

Here's how I see things. The "Whitewash Ministry" has basically five options:

  1. Repression
  2. Devaluation
  3. Austerity
  4. Deflation
  5. Inflation
You can forget the double "d's" - devaluation and deflation.

Even though both would be the proper way for free markets to bleed out the excesses of the past, they are essentially political nukes and nobody has the willpower to touch either one of them.

The third, austerity, is being tried but only halfheartedly. Our leaders have no idea what this actually means. Since they remain completely unaccountable, there is no true incentive.

Besides, large numbers of people have figured out it's easier to be on the dole than it is to actually work, so this is another disincentive for meaningful cuts in spending.

As for inflation, this too is officially a non-starter as long as interest rates are held near zero. Unofficially, it's a different story. Most investors I know are feeling the heat of 12% to 15% a year in their wallets.

That leaves option number one - repression.

You can call it what you want, but repression is really a fancy way of saying that our government is conducting punitive monetary policy.

While they mouth off about how they want to create jobs and take care of the middle class, in reality they're eviscerating it.

How?

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State of the Union Excerpts Outline Speech Focused on Income Inequality, Job Creation

According to excerpts released by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver an ambitious speech when he addresses the nation at 9 p.m. ET today (Tuesday) in the annual State of the Union. His plans for 2012 will focus on job creation, rebuilding the middle class, U.S. government spending, and tax reform. State […]

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