Speak Out: Cheers for Spanky; Unemployment rate

Cheers for Spanky

A Sunday story told the tale of Spanky, a dog that was lost for three weeks in the cold around Dover, only to be finally found safe and sound.

• That is so awesome. Glad to know about this happy ending. — Nancy C. Peters

• Awesome!! Welcome home Spanky. — Linda Lynn

• His angels were definitely protecting him. There’s no other explanation for his survival. — Tara Werner

• So happy he’s home and what a great community effort to get him back to his owners! — Carol Ward

• What a wonderful ending. So happy for Spanky and his family. Angels found him. — Nancy Miller

• Super happy for you and Spanky! — Ronni Cohen

• Welcome home, Spanky! You’re a tough one!! — Dora Ponce

• He hung in there to be back with his owners. Love will do that. — Connie Marshall-Olsen️

Unemployment rate

U.S. employers shrugged off last month’s partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year.

The unemployment rate did rise in January to 4 percent from 3.9 percent, but mostly for a technical reason: Roughly 175,000 federal workers were counted as temporarily unemployed last month because of the shutdown.

• Unskilled workers — go figure. Everyone wants $15-plus an hour and can’t do Jack! Too busy texting on the work hour. Reinvest in vocational education. — Howard Gaines III

• Uh, even if that’s the case in some situations, you realize that not everyone is equal, right? Some people just aren’t capable of doing more than unskilled labor. There are a lot of people out there, I have a few in my extended family for example, who just legitimately aren’t smart enough to learn how to become proficient at a trade. I guess (forget) them for wanting to be able to actually survive off of an income from a full-time job. — Rob Lowe

• “The government on Friday also sharply revised down its estimate of job growth in December, to 222,000 from a previously estimated 312,000.” So, this 304K employment number for January will likely be revised down next month, as many initial monthly employment numbers often are. — Jim Kelley

• Revisions are nothing new. There’s a (Bureau of Labor Statistics) website that shows month to month revisions since 1979. A 90,000 revision or better has occurred numerous times. The largest revisions, both up and down, have been in excess of 300,000. — Bruce Anderson

• Nearly 63 percent have been revised down. — Jim Kelley

• And Delaware’s unemployment fell under 4 percent with little help from Trump’s policies. — Susan Janis

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