Job openings hit 2-1/2-year high in March

More good news:

Job openings — a measure of labor demand — rose 99,000 to 3.12 million, the highest since September 2008, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.

It was the first time since November 2008 that job openings have been at or above 3.0 million for two straight months. Still, job openings remain well below the pre-recession level of 4.4 million.

The report was the latest to suggest the labor market recovery remains intact, despite a recent rise in first-time applications for state unemployment benefits and a tick up in the unemployment rate in April.


And hey, since we allow ourselves to enjoy polls a little bit today, here’s another good one:

Obama way ahead of Republicans for 2012 election

…He polls above 50 percent when compared to his closest rivals, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, according to the poll.

Obama leads Huckabee by 51 percent to 39 percent, and Romney by 51 percent to 38 percent.

The president’s approval rating is at 49 percent, a 3-point increase over last month, amounting to only a modest bounce after the May 2 bin Laden operation. Other surveys have given him a slightly larger post-bin Laden boost.



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92 thoughts on “Job openings hit 2-1/2-year high in March

  1. Awesomeness, as per usual bwd.

    (title’s missing a “J”).

    Thanks so much for all that you do for us, bwd!!

  2. Excellent News!

    Check this out y’all…

    GOP Freshmen On Medicare Attacks: Let’s Let Bygones Be Bygones

    House Republican freshmen admit that their so-called “MediScare” attacks on Democrats helped them win a big majority in 2010. Democrats had voted for the health care law, which included $500 billion in “cuts” to Medicare — primarily slashing overpayments to private insurers — and Republican challengers never let them forget it.
    Now, they say, it’s time to let bygones be bygones.

    Nearly a dozen House Republican freshmen held a press conference outside the Capitol Tuesday morning to “wipe the slate clean,” and “hit the reset button.”

    On Tuesday, Kinzinger and 41 of his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama, asking him to rein in Democratic attacks on GOP members who voted for the House budget, which includes a plan to privatize Medicare and cap spending on the program.

    The nerve of that bunch!
    After all the lies they spewed about HCR now they want us to stop speaking the TRUTH about RyanCare. I don’t think so!!!

  3. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it. Pansies. Didn’t anyone tell them that politics is a blood sport? Or that our President got his start in politics in Chicago?

  4. Good news is the poetry jam is tonight so the press will move on by tomorrow. You’d think that all was well in America and the World and they had to pick on silly little things to fill their newscasts or something…

  5. Only if they promise not to run for re-election. I mean the utter nerve – they lie and scare to get elected and then don’t want the scary TRUTH of their vote used against them.

  6. The better news is that the Common kerfuffle is really relegated to the Beltway. Really, the media’s agenda is so transparent, and so pathetic.

  7. Especially since they are the very ones determined to hold raising the debt ceiling hostage.

    How many votes in the House are needed to raise the debt ceiling? Are we saying we can’t get that done without these whackjob teahadists?

  8. Dopes!

    PBO is magnanimous and gracious and tries to work with you, but not once you’ve shown your hand. This is when he goes in for the kill. I hope he beats them over the head with this for the next year and a half. They deserve to limp into the election punch-drunk and delirious.

    These teabaggers VOTED TO END MEDICARE. WTF do they expect?!?! That’s a BFD (/Joe Biden)!

    I won’t even go into the political optics/psychology of begging the man you’ve villianized and dehumanized to get elected to now have mercy on you. That’s, like, “whoa!”

    These jokers need to find a new line of work because they’re gonna be bounced in ’12. Losers!

    —-PJ (temporary media detente…watching Lawrence O’Donnell…for now)

  9. One of the things I love about our President is how he and Michele and the Bidens have been supporting the troops and their families since he took office.

    The story about a Vet who made the transition from military to starting his own business is very encouraing.

    Trained for Battle, Now Operating a Small Business

    plus a video of President Obama supporting the troops and their families “Freedom Isn’t Free”

  10. Isn’t it amazing that all increases in the polls for our president are considered “modest” while all decreases, however small, are considered “precipitous. It’s as if they have all the adjectives written out in advance, ready to just slip in when necessary. They must keep this handy reference in a folder with a cover letter from their Republican bosses saying, Never Give the President any Credit. This is American journalism in 2011 and it isn’t a pretty picture.

  11. So they’re admitting they lied in order to get elected? They want a “clean slate”? How about resigning their seats and having 42 special elections where they won’t run on lies and smears. That would be the only acceptable “clean slate” I’d accept from them.

  12. I recently sliced up a video of the wounded warrior ride, and was struck by the comments at the beginning of the speech by the Asst. Secty. of the VA.

    She speaks of how the President showed up in 2004 to visit her and didn’t bring along cameras, he just listened.

  13. We only need 25 House Reps to flip and join the Dems on a vote and it would pass. They want to pretend they’re all serious now but are willing to follow Boehner as he leads America off a cliff with the Debt Ceiling game of chicken.

    These guys are realizing that they’re in seats won by Dems in 2008, meaning they’re purple seats and Boehner has them voting as if they’re in deep red Oklahoma and did’t allow them to vote against it even if 23 could have and it still would have passed. Not to mention that Boehner had to realize that the budget would go nowhere.

  14. Since I came here this morning and seen BWD’s posting of “AP-Gfk Poll: President Obama at 60%!” I started watching MSNBC and a few others MSM outlets. Shamefully, I have not seen anyone of them speak about this new poll.

    This lack of reference confirms for me that the MSM strategy is to, where possible create/manufacture controversy about PBO and his administration, do not highlight any positives if at all possible, when they must, trout out PL and right-wingers that disagree with PBO. All this is done to make sure PBO does not have a cake-walk to re-election, because this eats into their advertising profits. In other words, they are going to do all they can to influence the 2012 election for sheer profits.

    Remember the Primary with HRC, the MSM did all they can to drag the battle out, when in fact, PBO mathematically locked the race up on February 19 2008, with the win in Wisconsin. The only MSM pundit who acknowledged that it was over was Tim Russert, who has since passed away.

    We must be vigilant in our efforts to get the positive news out about PBO and his administration.

  15. We have to be our own media. Join lots of blogs and social media (but use them for politics). Spread the good news everywhere and asked those you share it with to spread it as well.

    The MSM is a loss cause. I am off work today and did the same thing. I tuned in thinking that they would at least spend a segment or two on his rising poll numbers but nothing, nada, not a thing. I’ll just do it myself…

  16. Boehner was in between a rock and a hard place when that vote took place. Republicans in the senate, with the exception of the GOP fringe caucus (DeMint, Rubio, etc.), pretty much rebuked the teaparties by compromising on the 2011 budget with Dems. Some of them likely happily issuing that rebuke more than others (ex.: Murkowski). I think that the vote on the Ryan budget was a soothener for the teaparties, a bone thrown, which had no chance of passing the senate or President Obama’s veto pen.

    Yet POTUS blew this up in their faces by making the Ryan budget the de facto GOP presidential nominee (because the real GOP presidential contenders are being so slow to announce IMO partially in order to keep POTUS front and center for attacks). Now this budget is a huge deal as is the vote on it.

    That civility letter is a pretty freaking desperate move. Swing voters don’t like shows of low character or weasel behavior. “You’re held responsible for your choices good or bad; why can’t your Rep take responsibility for her/his decisions???”

    That NY-26 is even close is a disaster for the GOP, and IMO they are trying to stop the bleeding by appealing to POTUS’ long-held desire for less partisanship and a better-working DC. I hope however that he remains aware of the willingness of these people to walk in lockstep; they’re only scrambling now because they walked lockstep right off of a cliff together.

  17. People play with President Obama because they get fooled by that smile, the layed-back Hawaiian manner, the poet in him, his gentleness. But there is something very hard and ruthless residing in that man; I’d advise people to not take him lightly, lol.

  18. Is this person serious? Dude: your dad was Osama bin Laden! stfu about his burial. He got better than many of his victims, and needs to be glad that the WH is being so thoughtful (consultation with experts to prepare the burial; not releasing the death photos).

  19. So utterly true, donna! And people like eclectablog, bwd, deaniac, whatisworking, the weeseeyou twitter brigade, and soooo many others prove that we can indeed make a difference and become our own solution to what is nothing short of an information crisis (as illustrated by the Nov. 2010 election results).

  20. Not happy with the ruling by the judge in Indiana who refused to block the non-funding of Planned Parenthood bill signed by In. Gov. Mitch Daniels who seems to be trying to please the social conservatives in his party for a pres. primary race. This judge was appointed by Obama, widely celebrated as the first AA judge in Indiana—-and a woman. Sigh.

  21. Today I was having a conversation with a conservative co worker of mine. I live in South Carolina, he mentioned that he has softened to the President, he said that the President stated last week that he knows that people are feeling the effects of high gas prices and that is hurting people. My co worker said that he is glad that these politicians get it that we are suffering here. He then asked me what is his poll numbers since the killing of Bin Laden, I mentioned the AP poll having him at 60% approval.

    My co worker then said, remember the song that says “if you can’t be with the one you love, then love the one you’re with?”, that is how he feels right now with regard to the President..Anyway the worm is slowly moving, people are giving our President a second look.

  22. “Mama Said Knock You Out!”

    The mofos shouldn’t have gotten in the ring if they didn’t want to get punched. SMDH.

    —-PJ (temporary media detente…watching Lawrence O’Donnell…for now)

  23. And him being a mass murdering scumbag didn’t demean your family?

    I can only hope the SEAL’s grabbed the OBL son that is being reported as missing and having escaped the raid.

  24. Boner is probably face down in several martinis right about now. Herding teabaggers is more difficult than it appears. LMAO!

  25. I mean seriously that family name brand is maybe a wee bit tarnished already because of serial killer daddy, no? That guy’s little brothers and sisters are alive because of restraint shown and he’s nitpicking about a burial. You can’t make this stuff up.

  26. “New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) has vetoed a “right-to-work” bill passed by the Republican legislature, which would have restricted private-sector unions in the state. As of this juncture, a veto override could potentially occur, but is not a certain thing.”


    “Lynch wrote in his veto message, “States should not interfere with the rights of businesses and their employees to freely negotiate contracts. That is unless there is a compelling public interest, and there is no compelling public interest in passing this legislation.”

  27. Of course after what happened to OBL I can’t blame them.

    Saudi police: 3 al-Qaida members surrender

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia says three al-Qaida members have returned from abroad and turned themselves in.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki says the three are not on the nation’s most wanted list. In a statement Wednesday, he did not identify them, say from where they returned or when. Some al-Qaida members have fled from Saudi Arabia to Yemen.

    Al-Turki said the three contacted the security authorities from abroad and expressed their wish to come home. The three have been reunited with their families, he said, and the government is considering their cases.

    Officials say four other al-Qaida operatives surrendered to Saudi security after their leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed in a U.S. raid May 2 in Pakistan.

  28. “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is routinely waiving fire rule violations at nearly half the nation’s 104 commercial reactors, even though fire presents one of the chief hazards at nuclear plants.”

    “The policy, the result of a series of little-noticed decisions in recent years, is meant to encourage nuclear companies to remedy longstanding fire safety problems. But critics say it is leaving decades-old fire hazards in place as the NRC fails to enforce its own rules.”

  29. The question that is starting to be asked now that OBL’s death has sunk in is: Where is Gaddafi? His compound was bombed on Apr. 30, the day before the SEALs took out OBL, and he hasn’t been seen since. He’s gone from being on Libyan television daily to vanishing. Both the BBC and Business Insider have pieces up on his mysterious disappearance.

  30. donna, it looks to me that the 3 al-Qaida members did not want to be awaken in the middle of night looking in the face of Seal Team 6. :))

  31. Dead or injured. If he wasn’t neither, he’d be on television. I guess he could have fled the country and doesn’t want to be seen as running away so has stopped appearing on television.

    Anybody check the OBL compound for a new tenant?

  32. I don’t think it’s over. There’ll also be a hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction, no?

  33. LL- This is nothing more than manufactured outrage. The article explains the meaning behind Common’s lyrics and more information about his reputation as a hip-hop artist. And look who crawled out of the woodwork to to call someone a “thug.”

    “ROVE: President Obama said last week he wanted to recapture that special moment after 9/11 and here a week later, we have an example of how this White House thinks it can recapture that moment — by inviting a thug to the White House, a man who called for the death of Mr. Obama’s predecessor in office.”

    “This guy is a thug! And why they are inviting him at poetry night at the White House speaks volumes about President Obama and this White House staff. Who’s asleep at the vetting desk?…If he believed last week last week that he wanted to re-establish the great tone in the country after 9/11, why would he invite a thug to the White House who said he wanted to kill President Bush for taking the country to war in Iraq?”


    “The Loop21′s Keli Goff noted last night on Fox News that Common’s “burn a bush” lyric is a rhetorical “play on words” referencing the Bible rather than a call to assassinate the president. “If you said to me that Common threatened the life of President Bush, then I’d be the first person to say he doesn’t belong in the White House,” Goff said.”

    “Goff added that Common is actually not known for his negative lyrics but is widely reputed to be a positive, politically conscience hip-hop artist who actively combats “thug” stereotypes. While Rove relishes in labeling Common with the racially-charged term “thug,” Raw Story points out that a Fox News reporter called Common “very positive” not too long ago.”

  34. Poll: Obama ahead in six key states

    U.S. President Barack Obama could win six key states against all but one of four potential GOP opponents, a Marist poll released Wednesday indicates.

    The Marist Institute for Pubic Opinion found that Obama is leading in 23 out of 24 hypothetical match-ups tested in six of the nine states that George W. Bush won in 2004 and Obama won in 2008.

    The president leads former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

    Read more:

  35. “Update- Common responded with this posting on Facebook: “Politics is politics and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect that. The one thing that shouldn’t be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day. Peace yall!”

    “Update- Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that while Obama opposes some of Common’s lyrics, he is still standing by his invitation of the rapper.

    “He’s known as a socially conscious hip hop artist or rapper, who in fact, has done, a lot of good things,” offered Carney. “You can oppose some of what he’s done and appreciate some of the other things he’s done.”

    End of discussion…

  36. Common already performed twice at the WH, and he also wormed up PBO rally in Chicago back in November. This is just another racist manufactured outrage. They are getting really desperate.

  37. Ah, now that President Obama has taken out Osama bin Laden, they want him to protect THEM — -from the FACTS.

  38. Especially since they are the very ones determined to hold raising the debt ceiling hostage.

    When is someone going to tell the US electorate that a “debt ceiling” is a completely artificial device to drum up partisan politics – a device not seen in other developed nations ?

  39. When POTUS is at his height, they throw a little shade at Michelle to try to get POTUS off of his game, because when we as humans are acting out of pure rage or other high emotions, we’re at our most vulnerable to making mistakes. I truly hope that the WH is just laughing at this desperation. Send Ms. Palin a warm invitation to the poetry jam; perhaps her ignorant self might learn something from someone who’s as learned and thoughtful as Common.

  40. I could only get through the first page. First, she’s not a very good writer… Second, interesting that Gingrich was the face of morality back in 1995 – what number wife was he on back then? Third, this was written back when Huff was an openly declared Republican, right? Lastly, I’m not surprised by Huff’s endorsement of Gingrich, given that they were photographed sunning themselves during their vacations in the South of France a couple of years ago, along with Barbara Walters. Not surprising.

  41. the funny part was when Obama had them sit in the front row, expecting a conciliatory speech but got a beat down. But remember back over a year ago when Obama attended the GOP retreat in Baltimore. Obama then egged Ryan on by stating, with his oh so serious face, than he had in fact read Ryan’s proposal and found it a “serious” plan.

  42. Hi gn
    You may recall that very early in the last campaigh, Michelle was speaking in Iowa. Someone asked about Pres Obama being inexperienced. She smiled and I will never forget what she said…..”We are from Chicago and you under-estimate Barack Obama at your peril”. I have never forgotten and some of the repugs need to remember it. He is time enough for these frogs.

  43. Where was this “thoughtful” son when his father was murdering thousands of people, muslim men, women and children. How dare he!!

  44. Turn one at a time… Good story.

    I’m just wondering, who’s the one he loves? I can’t imagine that the current Republican principles and goals are supported by any person who has to work for a living, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. It’s more than just loving President Obama’s personality or leadership, it’s loving the vision that the Democrats are trying to realize. There’s a future there to be had, and shared by all. Republicans don’t offer any future that is positive or bright. They’re restricting our ability to compete. They’re promoting the very policies (torture, Gitmo, isolationism (or American exceptionalism), bullying, denial of science) that pulled the country backwards instead of setting it up for the future. They’re making the vulnerable people suffer, and promoting the very worst instincts of man (lies, racism, hate, violence, selfishness, greed).

    People who are still pining for the Republican party need to take a look at what actually constitutes the Republican party these days. That is reality. And there doesn’t seem to be anyone stepping up to return the party to what it used to be. They’re doubling down on what it is today.

  45. I will say this much to those teabaggers “Fuck them” sorry they spewed their garbage, and they think we do not remember?

  46. I suspect the CoC will step up to challenge it in court and it will go all the way to SCOTUS. I can’t see SCOTUS ruling on the side of secrecy over transparency.

    I’d still like PBO to sign that XO, unless the plan is just to have the GOP vote against it in Congress.

  47. Saying ridiculous things of this type is a sure-fire way to get attention. Ask Michael Moore. These are outrage peddlers who generate “buzz” for themselves by inflaming others. Not a dime’s worth of difference between that and Trump’s birther act. When the media stops privileging outrage, attention seekers will stop providing that content IMO.

  48. “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
    It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
    but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

    ~ Arthur Ashe

    I just wanted to share this quote because this is how I see our President. In our house, we call him Obi-wan because he can see around corners.

  49. Wow, talk about a delayed reaction. I want to know what took the Catholic Church so long to say what needed to be said about the Republican Party assault on women and the poor. Better late than never.


    Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.

    The 2012 budget you shepherded to passage in the House of Representatives guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society. It is particularly cruel to pregnant women and children, gutting Maternal and Child Health grants and slashing $500 million from the highly successful Women Infants and Children nutrition program. When they graduate from WIC at age 5, these children will face a 20% cut in food stamps. The House budget radically cuts Medicaid and effectively ends Medicare. It invokes the deficit to justify visiting such hardship upon the vulnerable, while it carves out $3 trillion in new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

  50. Looks like they’re running scared now. Too bad for the poor little wusses. Not talking so big anymore about how they’re going to repeal health care and “fix” everything by privatizing it to death.

  51. gn – I like how you said “I’d advise people to not take him lightly” (scary for them) and then you added “lol” (because, of course, we who understand him aren’t scared at all!).

    Obama-Biden 2012

  52. Ha! Good thing the President’s two daughters have him wrapped around their little fingers; otherwise, they’d never get away with anything with this man as their daddy!

    I do pity their prospective future boyfriends, when their dad tells them to sit in the front row, so he can talk to them …


  53. Another thing … someone mentioned “burn the bush” m/b a rhetorical biblical reference.

    Wouldn’t ya think members of the self-proclaimed party that says it knows all about what’s in the Bible (unlike … uh … any and all Democrats) might have noted that themselves?

  54. I think she and the President have a great relationship, and I’m so glad he brought her into the VA administration. She’s yet another swift choice! PBO has the best hiring instincts EVAH!

  55. I don’t trust these polls – why isn’t he way above 50%? Why don’t the American people get that the economy is not his fault? ugh

  56. WOW!! Polls…SMOLLS!! I was estatic over AP’s 60% approval then we get a sobering 49% approval from Rueters. Which is it? I’d say the more realistic poll is closer to 49%. Out of all the major polls PBO’s average is probably 52% approval. That is pretty good going into an election year.

    The biggie for the more Conservative leaning numbers in the Rueter poll is he is 51%-37% over Romny and 52%-38% over Huckabee. That is in conjunction with their paltry 49% PBO approval. I guess we will take that for HOPE and MOTVATION for the time being! 🙂 Obama/Biden 2012!!

  57. And, in Gaddafi news: He just made an appearance on Libyan television. The calendar behind him said May 11.

  58. This tweeter is giving a fascinating account of a Tripoli resident calling into a liberated Libyan radio station, relating what’s happening in the capital right now.

  59. She ran for Congress a few years ago in what has always been a predominantly Republican district just outside Chicago. Her opponent, Peter Roscum (yeah not the real spelling but it fits him better) accused her of playing on people’s sympathies because she lost a leg in Iraq. And just a week before the election he claimed to have received the endorsement of the VFW, which he really hadn’t. She lost by just a little.

    It was a loss in one way, but ultimately a big gain for the VA.

  60. Well all the polls eventually get average out and that is the number at the end of the week or month or whenever they do the average. The good news is the more high polls such as this one, the more the negative story tellers have to find something else to be negative hand wringers about. So enjoy the 60%, dwell on it the same way they would dwell on 40%, post it “tweet it” “hashtag” it “FB” it “like” it “email” the mess out of it etc etc etc….enjoy. 😀

  61. And it’s getting to the “now or enevr point” for GOP Presidential hopefuls to declare. These numbers now could scare off some of the stronger candidates who are being recruited eventhough they’ve indicated they’d rather sit this one out. Does Huckabee want to work a grueling 18 month schedule to be a long shot? Does Daniels want to put his family through scrutiny to be a long shot? Christie already has said he’s not running, but these numbers make it that much harder to try and talk him in – same case for Jeb Bush.

  62. Ewww … I remember that horrible routine. I’m afraid if I watched it again, I wouldn’t be able to erase the image a second time.


  63. We should note that a letter from individual Catholic scholars is not technically a letter from “the Catholic Church” hierarchy with all of its powers … but this was (quoted from the article – and it’s all good):

    “The letter goes on to cite a separate letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, written last month, which also raised moral issues with the GOP budget. ‘A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons,’ the bishops wrote, adding:

    “‘Converting Medicare into a voucher program could shift rising health care costs to vulnerable seniors and those who are poor without controlling these costs. We also fear the human and social costs of substantial cuts to programs that serve families working to escape poverty, especially food and nutrition, child development and education, and affordable housing.’

    “Indeed, according to official Vatican doctrine, ‘The responsibility for attaining the common good, besides falling to individual persons, belongs also to the State.’ ‘Tax revenues and public spending take on crucial economic importance,’ the Vatican guidance continues, because “[j]ust, efficient and effective public financing will have very positive effects.'”

    All of this is totally in accord with Catholic social justice traditions (which Boehner’s actions sometimes are not).

  64. Matthews spent time going over the poll yesterday and I believe every other show after that last night did as well. What annoys me is the way they compare this President’s bounce over getting OBL to the first Bush’s Gulf War. Killing a man who murdered 3000 Americans in NY is a lot diffrent that going to war to expel Saddam’s army from Kuwaitt. The first Bush obviously did a good job in Desert Storm but the emotional impact of 9-11 on Americans was never far from he surface as we saw after the President informed us that he had finally been brought to justice. It used to p me off when the Bushies claimed that we had forgotten “the lesson of 9-11”. How could any human being, much less Americans, ever erase the image we carry in our mind of those people jumping to their deaths or those messages they left saying goodbye to their loved ones? We fucking didnt forget and neither did President Obama or the Seal who said “for god and country Geronimo KIA”.

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