Saturday, April 2, 2011

More good news

Traffic Fatalities have hit their lowest levels in decades. The number of deaths on the road last year was 34,000. In 1972 it was 54,000. The last time the total number of people killed from cars was this low was 1949!When you account for the fact the average American drives more today and the population is larger; driving is about a quarter as dangerous as it was forty years ago.

Crime rates this year in LA are about 12% lower than they were last year at this time. This is all the more shocking since this comes on the tail of a twenty year drop in crime rates.

These two stories will have more impact on life expectancies than most medical advances. Car accidents and murders are some of the bigger killers of young people.

On the economic front, 216,000 net jobs were created last month. One of the few months where job growth has exceeded population growth since the crash happened in 2008. We still need this number to increase to 400,000 or 500,000 for this to really put a dent in the job losses of the past few years, but we are clearly moving in the right direction.

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