America’s Thriving Economy

Grind for June 11th, 2018

“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.”

– Henry Ford

Looking Up

The Headline

Trump presidency continues to benefit economy

The Grind

US unemployment last month dropped to 3.8% – a figure we haven’t seen since 2000 and that is tied with the lowest it has been since 1969.

“The unemployment rate…indicates a growing shortage of available labor that is encouraging employers to tap underutilized pools of workers, including those without high school diplomas,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Details

The unemployment rate for individuals without high school diplomas reached 5.4% in May (a 25-year low). The rate for college grads remained at about 2%.

“When employers run out of workers, that’s when people with the weakest bargaining positions get put in the driver’s seat and can negotiate for better pay and get themselves into roles,” explains Glassdoor economist Andrew Chamberlain.

The drop in unemployment coincided with an increase in the number of payrolls, which grew by 223,000 during the month of May (the average for this year is about 207,000).

Also contributing to the lower unemployment rate are e-commerce giants like Amazon and Walmart, who are struggling to fill positions as consumer demand forces them to expand.

“The last stage of the e-commerce pipeline is just getting goods to people,” notes Chamberlain.

Play It Safe

The Headline

Apple insists it did not request personal information from Facebook

The Grind

Facebook’s deals with Apple and other device makers included access to personal information like religion, relationship status, and political leaning, reports The New York Times.

Facebook made these deals with at least 60 device makers.

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, responded by saying Apple has “never been in the data business” and did not receive or request any personal information from Facebook.

“What we did was we integrated the ability to share in the operating system, make it simple to share a photo and that sort of thing,” Cook told NPR. “So it’s a convenience for the user.”

The Details

Another such “convenience” is Apple’s new Screen Time app, which is designed to inform parents about their children’s use of apps like Netflix and Snapchat.

“All of these things are great conveniences of life,” said Cook. “They change your daily life in a great way.”

Cook also spoke with NPR about President Trump’s decision to impose aluminum and steel tariffs on ally nations – a move he fears will start a trade war.

“Trade brings people closer together…and I think that’s true about countries as well,” said Cook. “It helps a set of broader issues when there’s trade going on.”

Did you know… Macaques monkeys in Japan learned to steal purses and wallets, take out the coins, and use them to buy drinks and snacks from vending machines.

April grew up in the Midwest, where she developed a passion for writing and storytelling at a young age. She transformed that passion into a degree at Indiana University (2008-2012), after which she promptly moved to South Florida to escape the cold.

Since then, April has worked as a content writer, editor, proofreader, blogger, tour guide, scriptwriter, and - I’ll admit it - bartender. Her favorite topics on which to write include health, politics, science & nature, and space exploration (anything but sports, really).

April is an amateur artist who enjoys spending time outdoors and inventing new cocktails. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida

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