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Another image of labor’s broken back: $48,887 in profit per employee!

This article via Yahoo news caught my attention: Five years into recovery, Dow Companies squeeze workers as investors thrive

I think this picture spells it out rather well.


Profit per employee

“As the chart shows, the 30 huge companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average have barely nudged their employee ranks higher…”

But this is even more astounding:

Over the past five years, total profits of the current Dow 30 members surged by more than 42% through the end of 2014, to nearly $320 billion. This has driven the average annual profit per employee up by more than 34% since 2009, to $48,887.

According to this CNN article from August, the median household income is $53,891.    That means these 30 companies are pocketing 90% of what an household earns.  That’s out the door, cash in the pocket 90% of what a household works all year to earn.  Now, I’m not sure, but I think that household income is pretax and I doubt they get to hid that $53,891 in some account out of reach of the tax man.  In fact, I’ll bet that household needs every bit of that money just to get through the year.

Well, the 30 are not hiding all of it:

Dividends paid by the Dow 30 are up better than 30% the past five years, according to FactSet.

Read the article.  The author does his best to explain this situation, but it’s seem more like excuses.  A grasping at straws to dismiss what we know has been an intentional drive to get to this point.  My interpretation of it is that these companies are now able to “grow” the pot of money without actually having to increase their sales.  True money from money… but, they are scared that this magic will leave them and then what?




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The disconnect of my economy with the money economy

by Divorced one like Bush

The Yahoo Financial page has had this headline from the AP up for a while today:
Top Stories
Investors are cautious as swine flu cases increase- AP
This is the first line:

The swine flu gave Wall Street a reason to turn cautious. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up a midday recovery and retreated about 0.6 percent Monday as the swine flu’s death count in Mexico grew to about 150 people from 100.

Really? Swine flu is the reason one should be getting out of the market. Not any of these:
Whirlpool 1Q profit drops on weakening demand – 1 hour, 4 minutes ago
– AP

Whirlpool Corp., the world’s largest maker of stoves, refrigerators and other major home appliances, said Monday its first-quarter profit fell 28 percent on slumping sales, softening consumer demand and the stronger dollar.

Boeing CEO calls slump ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event – AP – 1 hour, 5 minutes ago

Boeing Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Jim McNerney assured shareholders Monday that the company is in strong shape to ride out the “once-in-a-lifetime” downturn that has walloped its profits, jetliner orders and stock price.

GM to cut 21,000 US factory jobs, shed Pontiac – AP – 2 hours, 39 minutes ago

General Motors Corp. could be majority owned by the federal government under a massive restructuring plan laid out Monday that will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year and phase out the storied Pontiac brand.

Or this from a few days ago:
Retail import volume at U.S. container ports to decline at least through summer, report says

Import cargo volume at major U.S. retail container ports fell again in March after dropping below the 1 million twenty-foot-equivalent (TEU) mark in February, the first time in seven years the total had fallen that low. And the volume declines should continue for at least a few more months, according to an IHS Global Insight-National Retail Federation (NRF) report issued Wednesday.

U.S. ports will handle an estimated 987,371 TEUs in April, which would represent a 22 percent drop compared with the same 2008 period, after handling an estimated 930,142 TEUs in March, a 19.7 percent decline compared with March 2008’s total, according to the IHS Global Insight-NRF monthly Port Tracker report.

Swine flue is what’s doing it for you hey? Not that workers are being shed, profits are down, container traffic is down. I mean come-on, what could a company not making a profit or selling less stuff while shedding jobs in a down economy that was 70% consumer driven have to do with you making money off of their stock. Nothing I guess.

Nothing has changed. There are still two economies and only one of them is a concern.

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