A closer look at the unemployment numbers

One can hear the hoots and back slapping from the White House as obama, the first muslim potus celebrates the unemployment rate dropping to 8.6% from 9.0%.

Of course one must look behind the smoke and mirrors and the spin of how these numbers were crunched, what vital information and statistics were intentionally left out.

But hey, obama could care less about about those who are struggling or have given up completely. It is time for a short victory vacation of 17 days off in Hawaii. With you and me footing the bill.


Unemployment Numbers: A Closer Look

The total number of people without a job is now 13.3 million. Additionally, 2.5 million people wanted and were available for work—more than this time last year—but were not included in the overall unemployment rate

The unemployment rate dropped from 9.0 percent to 8.6 percent, but 315,000 Americans left the labor force.
o This means that the percentage of Americans unemployed dropped because fewer were looking for jobs, thus exaggerating the trend downward.
o Had labor force participation remained steady, the jobless rate would have dropped to 8.8 percent, according to Citigroup calculations. If the labor force had followed trend growth, unemployment would be at 8.9 percent.
120,000 non-farm jobs is weaker—and more temporary—than hoped.
o This is less than the 125,000 that most economists predicted.
o 50,000 of the new private sector jobs are retail and related to the holiday season, thus primarily temporary.
o Since President Obama took office, the economy has lost more than 2 million jobs. More than half of those job losses have been in manufacturing.

The jobless rate has exceeded 8 percent since February 2009, the longest stretch of such levels of unemployment since monthly records began in 1948.

The labor participation rate now stands at 64 percent, down from 64.2 percent last month. Since the president has taken office, the labor force participation rate has dropped almost two percentage points, one of the largest three-year drops on record. The labor force participation rate has not been this low since January 1984.

The number of discouraged workers—those who are not in the labor force but want a job—increased by 129,000 to 1.1 million.

At this pace of job growth, it will be more than two decades before we get back down to the pre-recession unemployment rate. “Moreover, a shrinking labor force is not the way we want to see unemployment drop,” said Heidi Shierholz, economist at the Economic Policy Institute.

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