Archive for October, 2014

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Tara Smith is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Kent State University. Her research focuses on zoonotic infections (infections which move between animals and people) and she writes for various outlets. Instead of politically motivated fear and panic mongering, she offered a bit of much needed perspective.

Tara said, “Yes, Ebola has a fairly high fatality rate, killing many people who are infected with the virus, but there still haven’t been very many deaths from Ebola overall. Ebola has caused approximately 4000 infections and 2400 deaths since the first outbreak was recorded in 1976. That’s an average of 64 people per year over 38 years.

“In contrast, malaria kills more than 600,000 people every year, or about 68 people per hour. Ebola is an undeniably scary infection, but it’s not one that needs to be feared in the United States. The outbreak in West Africa will eventually burn out, and the virus will retreat once again into the forest, moving silently among its bat hosts until the next unfortunate soul accidentally steps into its path.”

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New jobs report today. Unemployment @ 5.9%. 248,000 jobs added.

The U.S. economy is picking up steam, with employers hiring again at a healthy pace and the unemployment rate at its lowest since the summer of 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The Bureau reported that the jobless rate fell below 6 percent, dropping to 5.9 percent from 6.1 percent in August, continuing a decline from its recession peak of 10 percent.

It’s the lowest unemployment rate since the miserable Bush summer of 2008. (Of course, when you adjust for Obama’s blackness, the REAL unemployment rate is 27%!)

Employers added 248,000 jobs in September across a number of sectors, and hiring in August, originally seen as suggesting the economy might be faltering again, was revised upward to a more promising 180,000 jobs, the government said.

The pace of job creation in September was above many economists’ expectations and was a return to the 200,000 level, a mark that had been surpassed each month since midwinter until the August lull.

The strong report — the last one before the midterm elections — buoyed the outlook of economists who had worried the postrecession recovery was being sidetracked, with many Americans feeling left out of the improving economy.

Investors were also encouraged by the report. Stocks moved higher, and the dollar rose against many major currencies.

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