Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 10:15 a.m.
Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this weekend.
Unemployment claims rise sharply
First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed sharply last week.
Claims jumped 46,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 388,000. The prior week’s number was revised upward by 3,000 to 342,000.
The large spike was California getting its act together. The previous week the state reported incomplete figures to the U.S. department of Labor.
Nevertheless, the number is a bad indicator for the economy’s direction.
Romney holding gains in Gallup and Rasmussen Daily Tracking Polls
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is maintaining his edge in the Gallup and Rasmussen Daily Tracking Polls.
The Gallup 7-day survey of 2,700 likely voter has Romney up 6% at 51-45 over President Barack Obama. A number outside the polls margin of error.
Scott Rasmussen’s 3-day survey of 1,500 likely voters has Romney up 1% at 49-48.
FoxNews continues ratings domination in Cable News venue
For Thursday, October 18, 2012:
Network Program Viewers FoxNews The O'Reilly Factor 3,865,000 FoxNews Sean Hannity 3,729,000 Comedy Central The Daily Show 2,806,000 FoxNews Gret VanSusteren 2,753,000 FoxNews Bret Baier 2,567,000 FoxNews Shepard Smith 2,355,000 FoxNews The Five 2,242,000 Comedy Central Stephen Colbert 1,912,000 MSNBC Rachel Maddow 1,839,000 MSNBC Lawrence O'Donnell 1,557,000 MSNBC Hardball 1,119,000 MSNBC Al Sharpton 1,092,000 CNN Piers Morgan 894,000 CNN Anderson Cooper 662,000