Jobs Hype

Even Republicans seeking the ouster of Barack Obama can cheer that the economy apparently generated 243,000 jobs last month. Of course, it has only cost us $5 trillion to get here, we should be getting a lot more at this point in a “recovery,” economists are nonetheless predicting a rise in the jobless rate later this year, and the actual number of people working is 2 million fewer than it was the month before.

So I know you’ll forgive me if I don’t get too excited about the reported drop in the unemployment rate. Before you get carried away by the hype, keep asking yourself, “Am I better off now than I was four years ago?”

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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