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  • The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment

    I wonder how much longer it is going to take for Americans to wake up.

    Gallup defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44%, which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older. We need that to be 50% and a bare minimum of 10 million new, good jobs to replenish America's middle class.

    I hear all the time that "unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren't feeling it." When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth -- the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real -- then we will quit wondering why Americans aren't "feeling" something that doesn't remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class.

    http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairm...mployment.aspx
    "I don't discuss sitting presidents," Mattis tells NPR in an interview. "I believe that you owe a period of quiet."

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    Related... When I hear Obama propose something "...to help the middle class..." all I hear is "Bend over folks, I'm going to put it in dry!" coming out of his mouth.

    A strong, vibrant, and productive middle class is antithema to the Left. It represents a threat to the social welfare state, Big Government, and a centrally planned economy (no, not Communism but rather Statist Capitalism). Obama needs and wants renters dependent on the government not owners independent of government.

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    • #3
      TAG said it all for me.

      If the government says it, it's total bulls**t.

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      • #4
        But But, don't you know, this is the greatest recovery since President Clinton. After all, the Democratic Socialist in the White House has declared so.

        Never mind that there is the smallest work force since President Carter's Misery Index. that 60% of those still working are doing so part time, some as few as 10 hours a week, that those that unemployment ran out long ago are not considered to be unemployed, that over half the country are on some kind of public assistance, and that nearly all jobs created since the Democratic Socialist was first elected President have gone to an immigrant.
        “Breaking News,”

        “Something irrelevant in your life just happened and now we are going to blow it all out of proportion for days to keep you distracted from what's really going on.”

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        • #5
          Reminds me of an old 2 panel cartoon. Panel one is the announcement that the Gov increased the job rate by ***thousands. Panel two is a guy with a mop saying "yeah, and I've got 3 of them".
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          • #6
            Anyone that notices what is going on around them knows that these numbers are skewed, if one does any work for someone else (no matter how little) and is paid for it, they are considered employed and the people that have flat stopped looking for work are off the rolls of the unemployed and are considered employed, this has been going on for a few years now, I quit believing government statistics a long time ago, even prior to the present administration, I trust government bureaucrats about as much as I do politicians, not at all!
            Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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            • #7
              The difference is U3 and U6 stats.

              U3,
              http://portalseven.com/employment/unemployment_rate.jsp

              U6
              http://portalseven.com/employment/un...nt_rate_u6.jsp
              Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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              • #8
                According to the statistics for my county, St. Charles County, MO we have a 4.5% unemployment rate (Dec of 2014). http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MOSTURN

                I know that I was out running around this morning and passed two “Hiring Now” signs on my 4 mile route. One was in front of a grocery store mall so I am not for sure which store was hiring and the other was a sign posted on a school bus in front of a junior high that the school district is hiring bus drivers. I have been seeing signs out for a while at various places that they are hiring. Probably part time—but it is indicative that they are having difficulty filling those jobs.

                The bus driver job inspired me to look at the school district's job board. They have a continuous need for custodians (full time) and school bus drivers (part time). They have just posted an assistant principal job opening and recently a financial secretary job was posted.
                Homo homini lupus

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                • #9
                  'Official' unemployment is at 8,560,524 people

                  Actual un employment is at 17,273,129

                  The median income is currently at $28, 606.

                  In 2000 it was $28,182.

                  Current workforce is at 147,611,509.

                  In 2000 it was 154,309,848.

                  Not in the labor force today: 92,431,800

                  In 2000: 78,690,135.

                  This is a steady decline in workers' fortunes.

                  In 2008: 33,066,075 people on food stamps

                  Today: 46,195,704.

                  http://www.usdebtclock.org/
                  "A common thug can kill someone, but it takes the talents of an intelligence service to make a murder appear to be a suicide or accident death." -- James Angleton, CIA, Chief of Counterintelligence.

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