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Shocking Numbers That Show The Media Is Lying To You About Unemployment In America
TEC ^ | 2-1-2013 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 02/01/2013 8:47:44 PM PST by blam

Shocking Numbers That Show The Media Is Lying To You About Unemployment In America

By Michael snyder
February 1st, 2013

Did you know that the percentage of the U.S. labor force that is employed has continually been falling since 2006 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? Did you know that the increase in the number of Americans "not in the labor force" during Barack Obama's first four years in the White House was more than three times greater than the increase in the number of Americans "not in the labor force" during the entire decade of the 1980s? The mainstream media would have us believe that 157,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in January. Based on that news, the Dow broke the 14,000 barrier for the first time since October 2007. But if you actually look at the "non-seasonally adjusted" numbers, the number of Americans with a job actually decreased by 1,446,000 between December and January. But nowhere in the mainstream media did you hear that the U.S. economy lost more than 1.4 million jobs between December and January. It is amazing the things that you can find out when you actually take the time to look at the hard numbers instead of just listening to the media spin. Back in 2007, more than 146 million Americans were employed. Today, only 141.6 million Americans are employed even though our population has grown steadily since then. When the government and the media tell you that we are in a "recovery" and that unemployment is lower than it was a couple of years ago, I encourage you to dig deeper. The truth is that even the government's own numbers tell us that the percentage of the U.S. labor force that is employed continues to fall and that the U.S. economy is heading into a recession. The Obama administration and the media have been lying to you about unemployment and about the true condition of our economy. After you see the numbers that I have compiled in this article, I think that you will agree with me.

First of all, let's take a look at the percentage of the civilian labor force that has been employed over the past several years. These numbers come directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As you can see, this is a number that has been steadily falling since 2006...

2006: 63.1

2007: 63.0

2008: 62.2

2009: 59.3

2010: 58.5

2011: 58.4

In January, only 57.9 percent of the civilian labor force was employed.

Do the numbers above represent a positive trend or a negative trend?

Even a 2nd grader could answer that question.

So how in the world can the Obama administration and the mainstream media claim that the employment picture is getting better and that we are in a "recovery"?

But most Americans believe what they are told. It is almost as if we are in some kind of a "matrix" where reality is defined by the corporate-controlled propaganda that is relentlessly pumped into our brains.

The only way that the government has been able to show a declining unemployment rate is by dumping massive numbers of Americans into the "not in the labor force" category.

Just check out how the number of Americans "not in the labor force" has absolutely skyrocketed in recent years...

2006: 77,387,000

2007: 78,743,000

2008: 79,501,000

2009: 81,659,000

2010: 83,941,000

2011: 86,001,000

In January, there were supposedly 89,868,000 Americans that were at least 16 years of age that were not in the labor force.

That number has risen by more than 8 million since Barack Obama first entered the White House, and that is highly unusual, because the number of Americans "not in the labor force" only increased by 2,518,000 during the entire decade of the 1980s.

You sure can get the numbers to look more "favorable" if you pretend that millions upon millions of American workers simply "don't want a job" any longer. The truth is that if the labor force participation rate was at the same level it was at when Barack Obama was first elected, the official unemployment rate would be well above 10 percent.

But that wouldn't do at all, would it? 7.9 percent sounds so much nicer.

And of course even if you do have a job that does not mean that you are doing okay.

If you can believe it, in America today 41 percent of all workers make $20,000 a year or less.

To me, that is a mind blowing statistic. It would be incredibly challenging for anyone to live on $20,000 a year, much less try to support a family.

If you live in Washington D.C. or New York City and you have a "good job" working for the establishment, you may not realize it, but there are tens of millions of American families that are really hurting out there. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either "poor" or "low income" at this point, and most of those people actually do have jobs.

For much more on the "working poor" in the United States, please see my previous article entitled "35 Statistics About The Working Poor In America That Will Blow Your Mind".

If something is not done, the middle class will continue to disappear and poverty in America will continue to explode.

In a previous article, I noted that during Obama's first term, the number of Americans on food stamps increased by an average of about 11,000 per day.

How bad do things have to get before people realize that we are living through a nightmare?

Sadly, most Americans still have faith in the system.

Most Americans are still convinced that our politicians will somehow find a way to turn things around.

Most Americans will gather around their television sets this weekend and watch the Super Bowl and laugh at all the funny commercials without even thinking about how America is literally falling apart all around them.

But there is one group of Americans that is acutely aware of how bad things have really gotten. Small businesses have traditionally been the primary engine of job growth in this country, but right now small business owners all over the nation are facing a tremendous crisis.

Millions of small businesses are on the verge of extinction, and yet our politicians just continue to pile on more taxes, more rules and more regulations.

A recent Gallup poll found that 61 percent of all small business owners in America are "worried about the potential cost of healthcare", and that an astounding 30 percent of all small business owners in America are not hiring and fear that they will go out of business within the next 12 months.

In a previous article entitled "We Are Witnessing The Death Of Small Business In America", I detailed how small businesses in America are being systematically wiped out. Small businesses are dying all around us, and the number of new small businesses continues to decline.

According to economist Tim Kane, the following is how the decline in the number of startup jobs per one thousand Americans breaks down by presidential administration...

Bush Sr.: 11.3

Clinton: 11.2

Bush Jr.: 10.8

Obama: 7.8

Is that a good trend or a bad trend?

All of this is so simple that even the family pet should be able to figure it out, and yet most Americans seem oblivious to all of this. They just keep gobbling up the mainstream media propaganda and they just continue to go out and wildly spend money.

It is almost as if we didn't learn any lessons from 2008.

Even while household spending in Europe has moderated, household spending in the United States continues to soar. Just check out the chart in this article.

And guess what? The infamous "no money down mortgages" are back. If we wait long enough, perhaps "interest only mortgages" will make a comeback as well.

Unfortunately, I am afraid that time is running out. we have been living in the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world, and it is only a matter of time until it bursts.

2008 was just a "hiccup" compared to what is coming.

Our politicians and the Federal Reserve were able to keep the house of cards from completely crashing down back then, but they are not going to be able to avert the economic horror show that is rapidly approaching.

I hope that you are getting prepared. Back in 2008, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs, and because many of them did not have any savings, many of them suddenly lost their homes. One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for the coming crisis is to build up an emergency fund. If things suddenly go bad, you don't want to lose your house and everything that you have always worked for.

In addition, anything that you can do to become more self-sufficient and more independent of the system is a good thing, because the system is failing. The years ahead are going to be much more chaotic than what we are experiencing right now, and when the next crisis strikes you will be very thankful for the time and the energy that you put into preparing.

So what are all of you seeing in your own areas?

Are businesses shutting down?

Are people having a hard time finding good jobs?


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To: Big Giant Head

Ping for you.


51 posted on 02/02/2013 3:55:54 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: blam
"So the MSM lies incessantly according to our Democratscript.
What difference does it make?"



52 posted on 02/02/2013 4:16:15 AM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: blam

So what are all of you seeing in your own areas?

Business last year(2012)for me was up 64% on the year!
Business compared Jan. 2012 to 2013...still up 25%!
Trying how to hire at least two part-time employees.

Are businesses shutting down?

Short answer is ...yes! Even though my own business growth is great...overall picture is still sour.

Are people having a hard time finding good jobs?

Yes, people are having a hardtime finding good jobs. I have clients that have been looking for over 6 months, some are going back to school for advanced degrees instead. Not sure that is the wisest choice given the outlook, but it is their lives, not mine.


53 posted on 02/02/2013 4:46:10 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
-- but there are clearly some non-productive people who are living better than the middle class.

Black market labor and let's not forget dealing drugs. I have been advertising for help for several months. Nature of my business often means I hire temp. help or independents. I have had a number of folks turn down the jobs when they find out our state required I report them as new hires....even as contractors to be filed on 1099's.

Black market labor force is starting to really operate and push back on the economy. While they may not want to give up their benefits to work, they don't want to pay their fair share either if they do take a job.

54 posted on 02/02/2013 4:53:28 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: sefarkas
“articles of this type selectively quoting statistics”

Where is the author using selective statistics? He has simply looked at the actual numbers that the BLS has published and that are ignored by the main stream media. That is the point of the article"actual unemployment numbers are not being reported". And please save your, economics 101 lessons. Significant unemployment, means lower GDP. One more quarter of lower GDP and we are officially in a recession!

55 posted on 02/02/2013 5:02:41 AM PST by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: blam

Good article. I try and tell people around me this from time to time and they don’t want to hear it. Actually my area has seen a great influx of new businesses in the last few years. Many new restaurants and retail stores so there’s a decent amount of jobs available here, not the best paying jobs but they are jobs.


56 posted on 02/02/2013 5:37:14 AM PST by eak3
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To: kearnyirish2

>One of the last things keeping white Americans voting Democrat is the fact that they don’t want blacks to stop aborting their children.

Are there any numbers on how many of these abortions are performed yearly?


57 posted on 02/02/2013 6:00:00 AM PST by soycd
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To: RegulatorCountry

We’re fortunate in that although we are sandwiched between Newark and Jersey City, we have two rivers which serve as moats. They can get in & out, but their escape routes are limited.

Any time people around me see “likely perps”, they just call the police (and the police respond to shoo them away); NJ is so segregated that “likely perps” stand out like sore thumbs.


58 posted on 02/02/2013 6:41:25 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: soycd
"Are there any numbers on how many of these abortions are performed yearly?"

I don't know that number but I've read that 70% of all Black pregnacies end in abortion.

59 posted on 02/02/2013 6:44:34 AM PST by blam
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To: entropy12
...Then I see a cart ahead of me with cart fully loaded with groceries. Then they whip out an EBT card to pay! ...

I saw the same thing yesterday. Several sticks of sausage, four boxes of Velveeta, two bottles of Pace hot sauce, several boxes of wheat thins and some other crackers, five or six cans of salted nuts and out comes the EBT card. Can you say Super Bowl party?

After he swipes the card, the cashier asks the guy "Do you need any extra cash?" Guy gets $40.00 cash to probably buy beer at the liquor store down the street. Just sickening.

60 posted on 02/02/2013 6:44:48 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: soycd

“Are there any numbers on how many of these abortions are performed yearly?”

I don’t know; people have posted totals, but I’d imagine it would be impossible to get a racial breakdown (can’t expose the genocide). In my town pregnant teenage white girls have to travel to neighboring welfare reservations to kill the babies; they house the abortion mills there. I believe the lib strategy has paid off; since the welfare reform of 1996 I can’t tell you how many unmarried young black females I work with who just have one child (simply to get on the dole/get the freebies). BJ Clinton ended the “bastard bonus” (by which more kids meant more money), and the black birthrate dropped IMMEDIATELY. Rather than being passed by Hispanics in numbers in 2010 as originally projected, they were passed in 2000 (and will continue to recede into obscurity, followed not far behind by whites).

Barack Obama was not elected by the power of black votes; he was elected by people pushing their own (non-racial) agendas, which he dutifully carries out regardless of his own preferences (see “gay marriage”, ongoing war in Afghanistan, extension of Bush tax cuts). He is the dupe of the Left, and “his people” (at least on daddy’s side) are paying a terrible price.


61 posted on 02/02/2013 6:59:03 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: entropy12

I was in Wal Mart yesterday.

First of month mad house.

Carts were overflowing, but not a single person around me was paying for any of the food themselves.

Had money for other thing they were buying, but not food.

When I paid with cash the checker looked at me like I was crazy.


62 posted on 02/02/2013 6:59:28 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Shane
The 'Help Wanted' Index Is Sending A Cautionary Signal
63 posted on 02/02/2013 7:00:46 AM PST by blam
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To: boop

With so many baby boomers leaving the workforce, there should be a shortage of LABOR, not jobs.

I’m no economist, but this seems basic to me. The retiring bbers should have been a boost to the economy I would think.


64 posted on 02/02/2013 7:10:17 AM PST by DrewsMum
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To: blam

But Joe Biden just said this is the beginning of the new Gilded Age. How could this be?


65 posted on 02/02/2013 7:14:03 AM PST by varyouga
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To: blam

This cannot be true. Jay Carney just told me the economy is headed in the right direction.


66 posted on 02/02/2013 7:15:51 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Cvengr
I don’t care what demographic one rises from, such an incredibly amoral perspective speaks volumes regarding the arrogant ignorance of a large percentage of Americans today.

This is why we have the problems we do, and it's also why none can be fixed. Every day brings a new outrage, another colossal FAIL, another capitulation to sin, another rationalization, another lie.

Nothing will change for the better without major pain and deprivation . No one changes unless they have to.

67 posted on 02/02/2013 7:19:12 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: ecomcon
January 2013 Jobs Report: Four Reasons U.S. Unemployment Will Stay High
68 posted on 02/02/2013 7:34:04 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
We all want to know whether the economy is improving and, if so, by how much. Employment is the key metric since it is fundamental for consumption, corporate profits, tax revenues, deficit reduction, and financial markets. Unfortunately the BLS numbers are manipulated to result in the most favorable outcome, to support the illusion that we are in a recovery.
69 posted on 02/02/2013 7:38:49 AM PST by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Syntyr

Thanks. I’ve got five people in my little micro practice (solo legal practice) who make their living through me. After I pay them, there’s not much left for me, at least this past year. I’m basically working for nothing.


70 posted on 02/02/2013 8:54:32 AM PST by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Shane
The BLS numbers are based on surveys and statistics. The BLS numbers are not a summary of census data where each member of the population is quoted. The author only cites BLS estimates of employment and labor force participation. You are likely also a person who wants to tie federal spending to some fraction of GDP; GDP is also an estimate borne of statistics. So you can save your statistics 101 lessons, which you seem to need a refresher in. The sad stories of this or that family having a hard time in a poorly performing economy is just that — sad. Individual experiences do not portend the disaster, gloom, and doom articles like the one above predict. The fact is: the country has not yet descended into anarchy and revolution in any region, which would be a natural reaction to the doom foretold by this article. In short, if the article and its analysis anywhere near accurate in describing America today, warnings would be unnecessary.
71 posted on 02/02/2013 10:13:43 AM PST by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: varyouga
But Joe Biden just said this is the beginning of the new Gilded Age. How could this be?

Maybe he meant "Gelded Age."

72 posted on 02/02/2013 11:03:29 AM PST by matt1234
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To: kearnyirish2; Arrowhead1952

Thank you for your responses. It is quite obvious to me the food stamps program is out of control. I will start writing to as many elected critters as possible. Not that it will do much good, but it is better than keeping silent.

What I do not understand is how do people who can barely speak English get on such welfare programs. I am certain the welfare office does not check their legal status.

Now I have to sit down and prepare my tax return. I know now exactly where my tax money will go.


73 posted on 02/02/2013 11:10:56 AM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: sefarkas
What exactly is your point? Are simply attempting to be argumentative? The author makes valid points regarding the decline in employment numbers. And don't jump to your arrogant conclusion about what type of person I “likely” am. You seem to be projecting. As to how the BLS arrives at its numbers he is a remedial summary for you:
To provide an estimate of monthly job changes the BLS has a complex methodology that includes the following steps:

1.An initial report of a survey of establishments. Even if the survey sample was perfect (and we all know that it is not) and the response rate was 100% (which it is not) the sampling error alone for a 90% confidence interval is +/- 100K jobs.
2.The report is revised to reflect additional responses over the next two months. This is especially important this month since the official survey response date has been moved forward by a week. This is a routine adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday, but it increases the potential for error and later revision.
3.There is an adjustment to account for job creation. Everyone focuses on the birth/death adjustment. This actually accounts for less than 20% of the BLS attempt to estimate job creation.
4.The final data are bench marked against the state employment data every year.For the year ending in March, 2012, the BLS estimate was off by about 30K jobs per month overall, and 35k jobs per month on private employment. The January report will incorporate these benchmark revisions.

Now go find someone else to quibble with.

74 posted on 02/02/2013 12:28:03 PM PST by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: entropy12
Now I have to sit down and prepare my tax return.

We got the last paperwork for our tax return today, so that will get started on Monday. Frickin moochers.

75 posted on 02/02/2013 1:16:06 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: entropy12
Dirty little secret is if you are the right "ethnicity" (aka various shades of chocolate) you are rubber stamped in. Auto approval. I know because I used to work for subsidized housing AND I have two children, now grown.

One is bi-racial (and in the Air Force reserves now as well as gainfully employed) and the other is white. There was a time when I qualified for reduced price school lunch for both of them (I was divorced and received no child support but worked two jobs). My bi-racial son NEVER EVER EVER got audited although the information on his application was identical to my daughter's. My daughter got audited EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Most of these bureaucracies don't want any "trouble" from community organizers so they just look the other way and approve them for assistance. White people, on the other hand are put through several flaming hoops and the standard application grist mill.

76 posted on 02/02/2013 1:41:21 PM PST by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: blam; All

Article; post; interesting thread BUMP!


77 posted on 02/02/2013 1:57:40 PM PST by PGalt
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To: entropy12

“What I do not understand is how do people who can barely speak English get on such welfare programs. I am certain the welfare office does not check their legal status.”

There are government agencies HERE that steer them into those programs; there is a whole “poverty indiustry” that has been built to redistribute your wealth, and countless bureaucrats make nice livings doing it.


78 posted on 02/02/2013 2:43:03 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: AbolishCSEU

That is a very interesting anecdotal story! Just amazing, 2 kids from the same family getting a different treatment!!


79 posted on 02/02/2013 7:44:31 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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