Government math takes on many forms. I think it’s the basis for Common Core math. In Common Core, 2 plus 2 plus 2 doesn’t always equal 6. Just like 18% of employable people in the U.S. equals a 5.9% unemployment rate.
The 5.9 %number is usually arrived at by simply looking at how many Americans file for unemployment every week, both new and continuing claims. You hear about the numbers of people dropping off the rolls but you never hear why. The assumption is that they found a job.
Do you ever hear them report about the number of people who drop off the unemployment rolls because they ran out of time? Or the ones who got discouraged and gave up looking because they couldn’t find employment. What about the ones who switch to disability because they are now having physical and mental issues as a result of their job search? (Insert crickets sound here.)
Most economists use another set of numbers that the government Bureau of Labor Statistics calls “U-6.” It defines the “total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of all civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.”
This number takes into account, by that definition, the underemployed, discouraged, and unemployed workers. This number actually did fall for the first time below 12% to 11.8%. Hey, don’t get too excited yet.
Remember, just before the election period in 2012, we were told unemployment was down. Many government math “adjustments” were made to the unemployment numbers all summer leading up to the November 2012 election. But fudging the numbers shouldn’t be a big surprise. I mean, look at the other “adjustments” that were made : Benghazi was “not” another 9/11 anniversary attack, the Obamacare rollout debacle was really just a few “minor” glitches, much like that whole “keeping your doctor” thing.
Now, back to government math. In September, the unemployment rate dropped by 0.2% to 5.9%. The number of people unemployed dropped by about 329,000 to 9.3 million.
But here is the important part, as well the civilian labor force, participation rate has been hovering around 62.7% and changed little in September. Simply put, this means that only about 63% of the people able to work are actually working. And the number of people receiving Social Security and disability is at an all-time high. Does that sound encouraging to you?
So, how can we say that only 5.9% of Americans are out of work? I can’t get there with Common Core or government math. Let’s crunch some numbers. 350 million Americans minus the 75 million children leaves us with 275 million. Take away the 60 million on Social Security and that leaves us with 215 million Americans. Now remove the 11 million on disability and we are down to 204 million Americans who should be available to work.
The government says there are 93 million unemployed persons in this country that do not fit in the above categories. How in God’s creation is 93 million 5.9% of 204 million? And, to add insult to injury, the government also says that a majority of the jobs created in recent years are part-time. If “Joe” was working a full time job that paid all the bills in the household and he now has to work 2 jobs to pay all the bills, doesn’t that also skew the unemployment numbers?
Median incomes have fallen by 7% since Obama took office. The $2400 savings promised on health insurance has turned into a $2400 cost to families. Not to mention the average number of hours worked per week fell to 33.7. This is the “new” work week.
In 1983, jobs added under Reagan were over 1.1 million. This White House gets excited over little more than a quarter of a million jobs. Yet, we consistently hear from the Left how bad Reagan’s economic plans were.
People, please, do your homework! The numbers don’t work. The government unemployment numbers are shameful.
We have an election coming up… It time to vote ‘em out!