Calm down, Julie, and ease up on the caffeine. I KNOW they hid the actual numbers, left California out of the calculations one month, etc. I KNEW the actual number was much higher than what was being reported and that the BLS and the media were fronting for Obama. After I finished my coffee and wasn't so bleary-eyed, I read that 78K new applications were from States hit by Sandy, so the lion's share of new applications are NOT due to the storm, just as I thought. I'm on your side, girl.