3. The American Chemistry Council recently introduced the Chemical Activity Barometer
(CAB) - a leading economic indicator based on chemical industry activity. The August CAB
increased by 0.4% from July and by 1.1% from a year ago. This
is the second monthly increase in the CAB, and follows upward revisions
for June and July, suggesting slow economic growth for
the rest of the year
. We've heard that before.
4. Boston Market announced today
that it will remove all salt shakers from tables at all 476 locations, and will roll out reduced-sodium menu items in the coming months. Was Mayor Bloomberg involved?
6. California has a 10.7% jobless rate
but a shortage of farm labor so serious that it's being described as the "worst it's ever been." Number of local residents applying for the farm jobs? None.
8. Post Office vs. Amtrak
: Who wins the title for the most wasteful government agency? Find out here
. Hint: They might not have accounted for the unsold Simpsons stamps.