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Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent.
Originally posted by marg6043
Borghoffen, the markets are steadily going up and down, actually is crocks in the markets that profits from bad news also.
And while the markets seems to be steadily but not great the volume is staying low.
That tells that is only a few that are making the profits and those are not your regular type of investors, the ones making the profits are the ones that can afford to gamble with their spare money.
"Plunge Protection Team" was originally the headline for an article in The Washington Post on February 23, 1997, and has since become a colloquial term used by some mainstream publications to refer to the Working Group. Initially, the term was used to express the opinion that the Working Group was being used to prop up the markets during downturns. Financial writers for British newspapers The Observer and The Daily Telegraph, along with U.S. Congressman Ron Paul and writers Kevin Phillips (who claims “no personal firsthand knowledge” and is “not interested in becoming a conspiracy investigator”)  and John Crudele, have charged the Working Group with going beyond their legal mandate. Claims about the Working Group, which are labeled conspiracy theories by some writers, generally include that it is an orchestrated mechanism that attempts to manipulate U.S. stock markets in the event of a market crash by using government funds to buy stocks, or other instruments such as stock index futures—acts which are forbidden by law. However, these articles usually refer to the Working Group using moral suasion to attempt to convince banks to buy stock index futures. 
Former Federal Reserve Board member Robert Heller, in the Wall Street Journal, opined that "Instead of flooding the entire economy with liquidity, and thereby increasing the danger of inflation, the Fed could support the stock market directly by buying market averages in the futures market, thereby stabilizing the market as a whole." His statement has been used to claim that the Fed actually did act in that way. Mainstream analysts call those claims a conspiracy theory, explaining that such claims are simplistic and unworkable.
What's the real U.S. unemployment rate?
by ED FINN
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and
statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli
Even in Disraeli's time, it seems, statistics were often
distorted to give a misleading impression. Today, the misuse
of data to "prove" a theory, support an opinion or excuse a
policy has been elevated to a fine art. Forty-four
years ago, the various ways that figures, charts, graphs,
tables and averages can be manipulated were described by
Darrell Huff in his book How to Lie with Statistics. From
the sample with the built-in bias to the unqualified
average, from the calculated omission to the selective
comparison, Huff demonstrated how easily statistics can be
used to deceive rather than inform.
Huff's book has long been out of print, but I suspect
that dog-eared copies are still carefully hidden in the desk
drawers of many advertising copywriters, public relations
consultants, politicians and even some economists. Or maybe
they learned how to lie with statistics without Huff's help.
Examples of statistical fabrication abound: the UN's bogus
ranking of Canada as No. 1 on its Human Development Index;
the Gross Domestic Product, which rates all economic growth
as good, even crime and pollution; and Canada's official
unemployment rate, which omits discouraged and involuntary