It’s a news-heavy but mostly boring day. So here are some cats.


Donald Trump

Olivier Knox, “How The Simpsons explains the GOP’s latest Trump defense,” Washington Post, October 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/10/08/how-simpsons-explains-gops-latest-trump-defense/


Pandemic

Economy


Justin Lahart neglects that child care workers have other reasons besides fear of the novel coronavirus[1] for leaving the industry.[2] Heather Long, by contrast, writes that “[t]he reason the United States has roughly 11 million job openings and 7.7 million unemployed is more complex than many are willing to admit.”[3]

For months, economists predicted a surge in hiring in September as unemployment benefits expired for millions of workers and schools reopened across the country. Instead, last month marked the weakest hiring this year, and an alarming number of women had to stop working again to deal with unstable school and child-care situations.

The numbers are striking: 309,000 women over age 20 dropped out of the labor force in September, meaning they quit work or halted their job searches. In contrast, 182,000 men joined the labor force, Labor Department data showed.[4]

Josh Mitchell, “U.S. Economy Added Only 194,000 Jobs in September,” Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/september-jobs-report-unemployment-rate-2021-11633641477

Justin Wolfers, “Non-farm payrolls in September rose by only +194k, after +366k last month. . . .” Twitter, October 8, 2021, https://twitter.com/JustinWolfers/status/1446453154975977489

Justin Lahart, “Jobs Forecasters Got Schooled—Here’s Why,” Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/jobs-forecasters-got-schooledheres-why-11633708530

Heather Long, “America’s unemployed are sending a message: They’ll go back to work when they feel safe – and well-compensated,” Washington Post, October 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/10/08/september-jobs-report-takeaway/

Pennsylvania

Jason Laughlin, “Vaccines continue to protect against COVID-19, but latest Pa. data show signs of waning effectiveness,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 8, 2021, https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine-breakthrough-covid-pennsylvania-hospitalization-infection-20211008.html


Economics

Nick Romeo, “Is It Time for a New Economics Curriculum?” New Yorker, October 8, 2021, https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/is-it-time-for-a-new-economics-curriculum


Abortion

Ann E. Marimow, “Appeals court reinstates Texas’s six-week abortion ban, two days after it was lifted,” Washington Post, October 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/texas-appeals-abortion-ruling/2021/10/08/56b9fe9e-2774-11ec-8831-a31e7b3de188_story.html


  1. [1]Justin Lahart, “Jobs Forecasters Got Schooled—Here’s Why,” Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/jobs-forecasters-got-schooledheres-why-11633708530
  2. [2]Heather Long, “‘The pay is absolute crap’: Child-care workers are quitting rapidly, a red flag for the economy,” Washington Post, September 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/09/19/childcare-workers-quit/
  3. [3]Heather Long, “America’s unemployed are sending a message: They’ll go back to work when they feel safe – and well-compensated,” Washington Post, October 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/10/08/september-jobs-report-takeaway/
  4. [4]Heather Long, “America’s unemployed are sending a message: They’ll go back to work when they feel safe – and well-compensated,” Washington Post, October 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/10/08/september-jobs-report-takeaway/

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