Half a Million Jobs Created in January Pushes U.S. Unemployment Rate to Lowest in 54 Years – 3.4%:
By K. Mitch Hodge
Data released this week showed the U.S. unemployment rate reaching its lowest point in 54 years, the fewest jobless Americans as a percentage of the population since 1969. Sustained job growth over the past year pushed down the unemployment rate to 3.4%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only that, the median earnings for all workers were 7.4% higher at the end of 2022 compared to a year earlier, outpacing inflation. Black workers, young workers, and people on the bottom of the income scale saw the most significant pay increases in the last 12 months. Unemployment is also near record lows for Blacks and Hispanics, at 5.4 percent. The bureau reported widespread growth across industries, with notable gains in restaurants and bars, retail stores, healthcare facilities, professional and business offices, and construction.
Man Sprints Along 4-Lane Snowy Highway to Stop Woman’s Runaway Car:
When a Massachusetts woman lost consciousness at the wheel of her car on the highway, a man named Adolfo Molina came to her rescue. The tall and powerful Dominican sprinted across a 4-lane highway in the snow to try and stop her car as it brushed against the guardrails while continuing to accelerate on the shoulder of the road. At one point another person came to give Molina a hand, and together they tried to use sticks to stop the still-moving car which was beginning to move back towards the highway. They tried to push it into the guardrails to at least slow it down. In the end, the car finally stopped when her car hit a divider in the road and the woman was transferred to a nearby hospital.
Rare Species of Feline Dubbed the ‘Original Grumpy Cat’ Found Living On Mount Everest:
Pallas’s cat / SWNS
A DNA analysis confirmed that the rare and little-known Pallas’ cat lives on the body of Mount Everest three miles above sea level. The discovery was made along Sagarmatha National Park on Mount Everest’s Southern Flank in Nepal after a month-long expedition collecting environmental samples. Known as the “original grumpy cat” before the famous internet meme cat was born, Otocolobus manul or Pallas’ cat stands among the most charismatic and unique wild Felidae on Earth. This mountain specialist is found at high elevations across Asia and is a super predator of small mammals. Currently classified by the IUCN as a species of no concern, it’s one of the few small wild cat species that is currently unimperiled. Future research combining camera trap surveys and the collection of additional scat samples would help to better define the Pallas’s cat population, range, density, and diet in Sagarmatha National Park.