Your humble blogger lived in Charleston during Hurricane Hugo (135 MPH sustained winds with gusts topping 160). 60 MPH hardly qualifies as a storm, much less the cause of increased unemployment on a national scale. Yet the federal government, desperate for any excuse it can make for a labor market that simply won't recover from the recession that "ended" more than 3 years ago, made this asinine claim in its weekly jobs report today:
Several states have reported increases in initial claims for the week ending September 8, 2012 , as a result of Tropical Storm Issac.Several states? Why, because it rained for a few days?
The sheer idiocy of the BLS's statement didn't stop the economically-ignorant liberal media from running with the excuse, however. Some of the headlines of the day:
Hurricane Isaac Sends US Jobless Claims up to 382K (ABC)
Hurricane Isaac sends jobless claims up (CBS News)
(Hey, ABC and CBS: Only 1 state briefly saw category 1 hurricane-strength winds.)
Tropical Storm Isaac boosts jobless claims (CNBC)