BOB HERBERTThe Unrecognizable RecoveryMon Mar 8 11:46:27 2004220.127.116.11The Unrecognizable RecoveryBy BOB HERBERTPublished: March 8, 2004The Bush crowd couldn't have been more pleased with the timing of the MarthaStewart verdict on Friday afternoon.The big news heading into the weekend was almost guaranteed to be the awfuljobs report released by the Labor Department Friday morning. The White Houseneeded a world-class distraction and the Stewart jury, eager to wrap thingsup before the weekend, obliged. It strolled in, as if on cue, with a verdictof guilty on all counts. Distractions don't get much bigger.The Labor Department report was as grim as faces on a bread line. Despiteall the president's promises, the economy added just 21,000 jobs last month.No jobs were added by the private sector. The 21,000 additional jobs wereall government hires.The report also showed that job growth in December and January was worsethan previously believed. The January tally was revised from 112,000 to97,000. The December count dropped from 16,000 to a pathetic 8,000.A number of demographic groups are getting absolutely hammered. A new studyby Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies atNortheastern University, found historic lows in the reported labor forceparticipation of 16- to 19-year-olds. According to the study, "The estimated36.8 percent employment rate for the nation's teens was the lowest everrecorded since 1948."...."
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