Super Predictions

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Stuart Carlson)

In other news, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary this morning and endorsed Joe Biden. Biden cleaned up last night and took the delegate lead.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says the United States only has about 1 percent(!) of number of face masks needed if the coronavirus spreads into a pandemic.

Finally, global warming provided another temporary boost to the economy in February according to unofficial numbers.

The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed private payrolls rose by 183,000 jobs last month as warmer weather boosted hiring at construction sites and in the leisure and hospitality industry. Data for January was revised down to show private payrolls rising by 209,000 instead of the previously reported 291,000 surge. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast private payrolls gaining 170,000 jobs in February. [...]

Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi told reporters that he had not seen anything to suggest a hit to the labor market from the coronavirus in the period after the survey week. Zandi, however, said he expected job growth to slow in the coming months because of the coronavirus and also as the boost from the unseasonably mild weather fades.