MARKETS: JUST IN: Unemployment rate drops to 3.7%, lowest in nearly half a century and only 134,000 jobs wer e added due to ‘ Hurricane Florence ‘ with many people working part-time wanting full time j obs as earnings grew 2.8% and markets roar away its reported on Friday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceFinanceReport – Oct.05: The unemployment rate dropped to a half-century low in September, the Labor Department reported Friday: The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest level since December 1969 — signaling how the longest streak of hiring on record has put millions of Americans back to work: However, there was an increase in the number of people working part-time who want full-time work #AceNewsDesk reports

The unemployment rate is now at 3.7 percent, the lowest rate since December 1969, when the jobless rate was 3.5 percent. That’s despite September hiring being slower than expected. “The fall in the unemployment rate is largely due to the ‘right’ reasons: people finding work (i.e. not because people gave up looking),” wrote Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.

Unemployment fell broadly, indicating that workers across all levels of education are finding work: “Over the last six months to a year, the market has really tightened at the lower-experience level,” said Cathy Barrera, chief economist for ZipRecruiter, an online job platform. “That’s really good news for people with less education and also young people.”

Only 134,000 jobs were added, But that figure was likely depressed by the impact of Hurricane Florence while economists had been expecting about 180,000 jobs to be added. Most say it’s a temporary dip, which battered and flooded the Carolinas in mid-September, during the time the national jobs survey is conducted. Businesses that close temporarily can have a big impact on the jobs numbers, Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a note: “[T]he official data only include people who were paid something – anything – in the survey period,” he wrote. People “who could not work because of the storm therefore disappear temporarily from the BLS numbers.”

Other data show the economy roaring ahead. Earlier estimates for job creation in July and August were revised up, so that on average, businesses added nearly 200,000 jobs per month this year — well above the number needed to keep up with a growing population.

Average earnings grew 2.8 percent year-over-year. While that’s still lower than what economists would expect with a rock-bottom unemployment rate, it’s an improvement from the 2.0 percent wage growth seen at the start of this year. Economist Justin Wolfers said September’s data pushes up annualized wage growth over the last three months to a healthy 3.8%.

While nominal wage growth over the past 12 months is only 2.8%, there’s definitely a trend here…

Annualized wage growth over the 3 months ending:
Dec 2017: 2.0%
Mar 2018: 2.4%
Jun 2018: 2.9%
Sep 2018: 3.8%

— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) October 5, 2018

Date Published: October.05:2018:

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(NEW YORK) Gov.Cuomo says the only way to fund the MTA and prevent a subway crisis is to charge motorists a congestion charge but let drivers deduct the fees from their tax returns #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceNews – Oct.05: With the subways in crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is abandoning his demand for New York City and its reluctant mayor to fund the MTA, saying congestion pricing is the only option…………..Not to be outdone, Cuomo’s Republican opponent says OK, but let drivers deduct the fees from their tax returns #AceFinanceDesk reports

The line of demarcation would be on West 60th Street, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported: Cross it in a car, truck or taxi going south, and you may soon have to swallow hard and dig deep into your pocket for a congestion fee to enter the central business district: A whopping $11.52 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., if Cuomo accepts the recommendation of his own task force: Cuomo surprised a group of the city’s movers and shakers at the Association for a Better New York by saying up he’s given up on trying to get Mayor Bill de Blasio to cough up some dough, and that congestion pricing is the only viable solution for fixing the subways.

Here are the options: God is going to send down $33 billion… that’s not going to happen,” Cuomo joked. “New York City is going to dig into its pocket and they’re going to ante up, and the state will ante up. That’s not going to happen. There’s only one way it happens, and that is congestion pricing.”

Cuomo dismissed De Blasio’s continued insistence on a millionaire’s tax as “political blather.”…………………..“Well, ideally we would like to have a millionaires tax,” Cuomo said. “Yes, I wish I could be an elected official who lives in the ideal.”

Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, says once the MTA tightens its belt and eliminates waste and fraud “by reforming expenditures, by holding down costs, by making the system more efficient,” he would support congestion pricing too. But he wants to offer drivers some tax relief.

“Our plan is they would be able to deduct it from the state’s income tax,” Molinaro said.

And while commuters may cheer, drivers are offering a Bronx cheer

“It’s a bad idea. I don’t like it. It’s more expensive. I don’t want to pay extra in a yellow cab. Our business is down we don’t need to pay extra,” a cab driver named Zakia said: Others called congestion pricing a “terrible idea” that would cause people to suffer……….“It’s think it’s a bad idea. We don’t have too much money to pay extra for things in the city,” said Jackson Heights resident Mario Bonilla…………Cuomo said he will ask the legislature to pass congestion pricing when it returns to Albany.

He called on all the movers and shakers at the breakfast today to help convince lawmakers.

Source: CBS Local New York Published: October.04: 2018:

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