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LMAO that Oil Soared today. Demand is falling daily as more people get fired



February 25, 2009 – Comments (6)

People get fired = no more daily travel to work. Which equals less Gasoline use.

Gov't says 'mass layoffs' soared in January
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber, Ap Economics Writer – 2 hrs 20 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Employers took a large ax to their payrolls in January, the government said Wednesday, and the cuts are likely to get worse over the next few months.

The Labor Department reported that mass layoffs, or job cuts of 50 or more by a single employer, increased to 2,227 in January, up almost 50 percent from the same month last year. More than 235,000 workers were fired in last month's cuts.

January was a bad month for the labor market. Companies from a wide range of sectors announced tens of thousands of layoffs, including Home Depot Inc., Boeing Co., Pfizer Inc. and Caterpillar Inc.

Not all of those cuts were reflected in the government's mass layoffs report, which counts actual firings as reported by laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits. Many of the layoffs announced in January will take place over time, meaning that the department's mass layoff figures will likely keep increasing.

The pain continued Wednesday. The NFL said commissioner Roger Goodell has taken a 20 percent pay cut and the league dropped 169 jobs through buyouts, layoffs and other reductions. Spartanburg, S.C.-based textile maker Milliken & Co. said it would cut 650 jobs at facilities worldwide and jeweler Zale Corp. said it will close 115 stores and eliminate 245 positions.

On Monday, troubled flash memory maker Spansion Inc. said it will lay off about 3,000 employees and computer chip maker Micron Technology Inc. announced it will slash as many as 2,000 workers by the end of August.

In a bit of positive news for the job market, consulting firm Watson Wyatt said Wednesday that the number of large employers planning layoffs has dropped since December, according to a survey it conducted of 245 companies last week.

The survey found that the proportion of corporations expecting to cut jobs has dropped to 13 percent from 23 percent. But more companies are considering other cost savings, such as increasing health care premiums, eliminating employee benefits like tuition reimbursement, and reducing matching payments for 401(k)-style retirement plans.

The number of layoffs last month actually declined slightly from December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Labor Department said. But the figures were uglier without the seasonal adjustment: mass layoffs jumped to 3,806, from 3,377 in December and 1,647 in January 2008.

The government seasonally adjusts many economic indicators to smooth out fluctuations resulting from weather changes, holidays and other predictable factors.

Eleven industries — including mining, manufacturing, transportation and financial services — in January reported the highest levels of job losses on government records dating back to 1996.

The department said earlier this month that employers cut nearly 600,000 jobs in January, the biggest loss since 1974. That sent the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent, the highest in 16 years. Since the recession began in December 2007, companies have cut a net total of nearly 3.6 million jobs.

Mass layoffs rose sharply last year to more than 21,000, from about 15,000 in 2007, the department said in January. More than 2.1 million workers lost their jobs last year due to those reductions.

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#1) On February 25, 2009 at 4:08 PM, IBDvalueinvestin (98.50) wrote:

3.6 Million cars less on the roads now then prior to Dec. 2007.

Thats alot less demand for Oil.

Since the recession began in December 2007, companies have cut a net total of nearly 3.6 million jobs.

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#2) On February 25, 2009 at 4:14 PM, IBDvalueinvestin (98.50) wrote:

3.6M cars spending at around 5 gallons/day usage average = a loss of roughly 18M gallons of Gasoline per work day.

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#3) On February 25, 2009 at 4:43 PM, carcassgrinder (34.79) wrote:

They pump a headline...and then manipulate up or down.  Making money both ways...

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#4) On February 25, 2009 at 4:54 PM, Josher429 (< 20) wrote:

While demand is falling production is falling also.  First OPEC is passing record production cuts.  Secondly, if you listen to Schlumberger's conference call, you will hear that production has falling off a cliff.  The oil that is being used is not being replenished at a sustainable rate. 


All very bullish for oil in the long term.  

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#5) On February 25, 2009 at 6:21 PM, Harold71 (< 20) wrote:

Oil has a solid long-term future.  The US Dollar does not.  Gold has more than doubled since '04 against the US dollar while oil has now become very cheap in terms of gold and USD, indeed on demand temporarily falling much faster than supply. 

There really is no reason that oil could not double by the end of the year, on inflation of the money supply alone.

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#6) On February 26, 2009 at 12:23 AM, Mary953 (84.11) wrote:

It does take a bit of time to get crude out of the ground, transport it to a refinery, refine the product, and get it to your corner gas pump.  And you were planning to continue to use plastic in your daily life, right?

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