Saturday, August 20, 2011

U.S. Economy - #3183 - VIDEO: Thousands Camp Out for Job Fair as Jobless Rate Rises - ABC News (2) Should the Obamas Have Taken Separate Jets on Their Martha's Vineyard Vacation? - The Blaze


Thousands of unemployed waited overnight, camping out in their business suits and office heels and braving the tormenting heat in Atlanta to stand in line for a job fair Thursday. Authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion as they struggled to keep the line moving and get people moved inside. The incredible turnout at the job fair comes on the heels of the state labor commissioner's announcement that Georgia's jobless rate rose. The state unemployment rate increased to 10.1 percent in July from the 9.9 percent in June. The unemployment rate for African-Americans stands at 15.9 percent, far above the national rate of 9.1 percent. July marks the 48th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate. The line was full of hopefuls who waited for hours in a line that wrapped around the Atlanta Technical College where the event was held. The For the People Jobs Initiative, hosted by U.S. Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson and sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, is a series of job fairs and town halls at some of the urban areas hit hardest by unemployment and the financial crisis.  Read more..........

Should the Obamas Have Taken Separate Jets on Their Martha's Vineyard Vacation? - The Blaze - President Barack Obama‘s 10 day family vacation at Martha’s Vineyard is getting off to a controversial start. Some Americans are debating the appropriateness of the president’s vacation, at a time when his own approval rating is historically low, American satisfaction with the state of the country hovers close to 10 percent, and the financial markets continue to be shaky.  President Obama arrived at his estate of choice called Blue Heron Farm yesterday. It’s a property that rents for about $50,000 a week, according to a report from The Daily Mail. His wife Michele, and daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, left home from their own jet just hours before the president’s departure and met him in Massachusetts. That separate departure has gotten some worked up. The Daily Mail reported on Friday:  The much-maligned vacation became a PR nightmare, after it emerged this morning that he and his wife took separate government jets to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart.  The extra transport to get the the First Lady to the island for only a few more hours of vacation time will have cost taxpayers thousands in additional expenses.  The costs related to Mrs Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on the specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her.  She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.  Read more.........

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