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Where have all the people gone? (vanity)
Bureau of Labor Statistics ^ | January 15, 2012 | US Government

Posted on 01/15/2012 8:51:40 AM PST by FreeAtlanta

Data extracted on: January 15, 2012 (11:22:34 AM)

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Series Id: LNS11000000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title: (Seas) Civilian Labor Force Level
Labor force status: Civilian labor force
Type of data: Number in thousands
Age: 16 years and over



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: economy; employment; jobs; unemployment
How is the government justifying no growth in the employment age population over the last 3 years? Look how flat the graph is! And it actually decreases over the last 3 years!

The only way that can happen is if 10s of millions of people left our country and have not been replaced, or there was a massive increase in deaths, or the Obama government is lying through their teeth.

Oh, I forgot alien abductions.

My vote is Obama and his pathetic lefty administration are lying.

1 posted on 01/15/2012 8:51:48 AM PST by FreeAtlanta
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To: FreeAtlanta

2 posted on 01/15/2012 9:01:14 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred
You think people are being eaten by sleestaks?


3 posted on 01/15/2012 9:05:54 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Haven’t you heard, today’s youngsters are moving into the basement in their parent’s or grandparent’s home. They have not left, they are just in hiding hacking into computers and promoting conspiracies.


4 posted on 01/15/2012 9:07:21 AM PST by ProudFossil
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To: FreeAtlanta

The ‘labor force’ does not consist of all people between 16 and 65. Many of them are students, housewives, retired, etc.

The BLS definition of the labor force is those people who either have a job or business, or have taken action during the past 4 weeks to find a job or start a business. This is in some ways a judgment call, but there really is no better way anyone can think of to exclude people who for various reasons are not interested in earning money right now.


5 posted on 01/15/2012 9:07:37 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: proxy_user

It is still very odd that the numbers have gone flat for the first extended (more than a year) time in 60 years.

Obama’s gang are playing with numbers. Jimmy Carter’s team of commie peanuts didn’t even get away with this, much less even try it.


6 posted on 01/15/2012 9:11:10 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta
You think people are being eaten by sleestaks?

Now that you mention it.

No, actually I think people are falling victim to the zombie apocalypse of which Obama is the tip of the spear.

I just did a cutout of 'ol Rango there and just wanted to see how it looked on a webpage. And one of your threads is the perfect place to test dumb things. teehee

7 posted on 01/15/2012 9:12:26 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: proxy_user
Here is the graph extended back to pre-Carter Amazing. I have seen many cases of the Government lying and fudging numbers, but never this transparent.
8 posted on 01/15/2012 9:14:14 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: bigheadfred
one of your threads is the perfect place to test dumb things

Hey, I resemble that remark...

9 posted on 01/15/2012 9:15:27 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

What is mucho oddiemente mas is that the major candidates and the media have not broadcast this data that clearly shows a grotesque lie, since Year Zero Obama, in the unemployment numbers.


10 posted on 01/15/2012 9:17:43 AM PST by bvw
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To: FreeAtlanta
There's a drop of about 1 1/2 million from 2008 to 2009 which has never recovered. I searched for a while but couldn't find any mention of a change in procedures. I have to suspect that's it; but have no reason what it consisted of or what the justification was.

I'm happy to assume government skullduggery in the meantime.

11 posted on 01/15/2012 9:18:17 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
hmmmm, I should have previewed that. It didn't format the way I expected...

Here is the graph extended back to pre-Carter

Amazing. I have seen many cases of the Government lying and fudging numbers, but never this transparent.

12 posted on 01/15/2012 9:19:25 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Same thing probably happened during the last depression. Nothing unsual considering the economy.


13 posted on 01/15/2012 9:21:52 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Amazing.

It is. They think they've won...

14 posted on 01/15/2012 9:22:00 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: FreeAtlanta

Obviously, people are avoiding entering the labor force or dropping out of the labor force right now because jobs are scarce. People who don’t think they’ll find a job either don’t look or give up looking.

Some retire, some go back to school, some become housewives, some are living with relatives. You don’t need much to get by if your needs are simple.


15 posted on 01/15/2012 9:23:16 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: BfloGuy

Unless Bill Clinton was the only person having sex in the 1990’s, it doesn’t make sense that our population has suddenly stopped growing.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 9:23:29 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Hey, I resemble that remark...

Or, as Rosie O'Donnell might put it, "I resent that insemination"...

17 posted on 01/15/2012 9:24:18 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: proxy_user
The BLS definition of the labor force is those people who either have a job or business, or have taken action during the past 4 weeks to find a job or start a business.

That would certainly explain it. Big drop in 2009 with little recovery. I had thought that the labor force was the potential number of workers while the participation rate defined who was employed or seeking work. Given the numbers, your explanation sounds sensible.

18 posted on 01/15/2012 9:25:33 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

rather than a “Hockey Stick” Graph, that looks like a golf club. Appropriate since we have a putts (sic) for a POtuS.


19 posted on 01/15/2012 9:29:26 AM PST by left that other site
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To: PghBaldy
I understand what you are saying, but the government is using this as a baseline to show unemployment. How did the 25% of the depression get calculated and why is the government not using that method today?

Unfortunately, this particular bls.gov data set only goes back to 1948. Still, it shows no crazy lying chicanery like what the lefties are trying to pull starting in 2008.

The data says "Civilian labor force" so, call me a moron, but to me that means all people who can work. BTW, this graph is in thousands, so basically, b>the missing population - extrapolating the graph - is about 30 million people.

20 posted on 01/15/2012 9:30:22 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Many have become collectors..they are collecting a gmint check.
When they are not busy collecting a gmint check they are in the sign making business...as in, “will work for food” to help suppliment their “free” income.

Don’t be surprized when the MSM reports the economy “unexectentedly crashed overnight” because its been 3+ years in the making.


21 posted on 01/15/2012 9:40:25 AM PST by Leep
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To: FreeAtlanta
the missing population - extrapolating the graph - is about 30 million people.

Oddly enough, this number is roughly the same as the number of illegal aliens that were said to be in this country at the start of the Obama regime...

22 posted on 01/15/2012 9:48:00 AM PST by null and void (Day 1089 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: BfloGuy
Please bear with me as I work my way to how people are dropped out of the civilian labor force.

The BLS produces two sets of unemployment statistics:
* CPS (Current Population Survey) or Household Survey Data which is found in the A tables of the empsit, and
* CES (Current Employment Situation) or Establishment Survey data which is found in the B tables of the empsit Employment Situation.

Each month the BLS surveys 60,000 households by phone. The results are put through various stastical tools and produce the CPS or Household data. This is the source of the unemployment rate. Whether or not one is collecting unemployment insurance is not considered in producing the unemployment rate.

Each month BLS also surveys approximately 150,000 businesses and government agencies representing approximately 390,000 worksites throughout the United States. The results are also put various statistical tools and produce the CES or Payroll / Establishment data . This is the source of the number of jobs gained / lost, hours worked, and earnings. Because some businesses are late in sending in their information, the payroll data is subject to monthly revisions.

The number of people collecting unemployment affects the annual benchmark revisions to the Establishment / Payroll data which "are derived primarily from employment counts reported on unemployment insurance (UI) tax reports that nearly all employers are required to file with State Workforce Agencies".

* In 1994, under Clinton a major redesign of the CPS was released. Part of the redesign was to drop people out of the civilian labor force if they were considered 'discouraged' and were unemployed for over one year. Prior to the redesign, you were considered unemployed if you wanted to find a job, even if you were 'discouraged'.

Not counting the long term discouraged unemployed as part of the civilian labor force makes the unemployment rate look better, better but is reflected in the ever diminishing participation rate.

I have not been able to locate documentation detailing exactly how the BLS determines one has been discouraged for more than a year. [Some discouraged workers are counted in the U-4, U-5, and U-6 number; others are moved out of the civilian labor force but listed as wanting a job.]
23 posted on 01/15/2012 9:55:10 AM PST by aldabra
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To: FreeAtlanta

Excellent graph. I just researched the same thing last week and found they were excluding people for reasons unknown.

About 2 million people each year turn 18, yet, the number of working age people declined under Obama’s administration. This is an outright lie.

My only conclusion if these numbers were right is that the Baby Boomer population is retiring and they are a huge part of the population. However, 10,000 baby boomers have a birthday each day, so that is 3.65 million peope leaving the workforce each year, but many baby boomers are still working well past 68 to make ends meet.

So, we still have a major gaps in the numbers. If baby boomers are working then there are more unemployed than is being counted.


24 posted on 01/15/2012 9:55:29 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2833248/posts?page=23#23


25 posted on 01/15/2012 9:56:44 AM PST by aldabra
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To: Leep

I am expecting all these missing people to be added back in if Obama looses. They might trickle them in, or add them all at the same time about a 3 years into the new administration.

I really hate dishonest people. I know hate is a strong word and I shouldn’t hate people, but dishonesty really gets under my skin.


26 posted on 01/15/2012 9:58:57 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: CodeToad

If you haven’t seen i, info you might be interested in:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2833248/posts?page=23#23


27 posted on 01/15/2012 10:01:53 AM PST by aldabra
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To: aldabra

Thanks aldabra.

Without all the intricate details that would put most of the American population to sleep, our candidates need to be showing this graph and asking the American population, “What is Obama doing with the missing people?” Using a TV ad and some simple graphics showing the extrapolation, this should be a nice big dagger to the heart.

People have or are loosing trust in this “Transparent” administration. Graphs like this will add to the defeat by a thousand cuts.

This is why I supported the “Birther” stuff. It showed the incredible dishonesty and dubiousness of Obama.


28 posted on 01/15/2012 10:06:42 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

You are right about the lie in using this as a baseline in UE. Really, they should use another means to get at that, as many of the people who are gone are truly unemployed.


29 posted on 01/15/2012 11:49:03 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: FreeAtlanta

OK- the earliest I can easily find are for 1940 figures of Civilian Labor Force

http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter08.html

(I think there are ealier figures, perhaps the Federal Reserve of St Louis has them - they have MANY older docs)


30 posted on 01/15/2012 1:39:26 PM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: PghBaldy; FreeAtlanta

OK- I WAS WRONG — In the Great Depression, the Total Civilian Labor Force INCREASED (which is amazing, considering the population wasn’t growing like before or after)... Here is the PDF: p24 of 134

fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/employment/1960s/empl_051966.pdf

It is several (9.3 MB) of data - 134 pages, for anyone interested.


31 posted on 01/15/2012 2:04:10 PM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: All

Can someone verify for me if ANY of the images from the BLS website are displaying on their browsers? Neither my Firefox and Chrome browsers show any of the images.


32 posted on 01/15/2012 2:06:06 PM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: FreeAtlanta

1st column YEAR
2nd column TOTAL LABOR FORCE (in thousands);
3rd column TOTAL CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE (in thousands)

1929 49,440 49,180
1930 50,080 49,820
1931 50,680 50,420
1932 51,250 51,000
1933 51,840 51,590

1934 52,490 52,230
1935 53,140 52,870
1936 53,740 53,440
1937 54,320 54,000
1938 54,950 54,610

1939 55,600 55,230
1940 56,180 55,640
1941 57,530 55,910

p24 of 134 fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/employment/1960s/empl_051966.pdf


33 posted on 01/15/2012 2:21:07 PM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: aldabra

Thank you for the detailed explanation. It’s a shame you can’t get on Limbaugh — he gets this labor force/unemployment thing all screwed up.


34 posted on 01/15/2012 2:32:48 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: PghBaldy

So, the trend even through the Great Depression was still an increase in labor force.

What in the name of the end of the world are we going through now? Is it actually worse than the great depression, but is being artificially hidden?

I am more concerned now than I was before I saw your numbers.


35 posted on 01/15/2012 3:50:06 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: GreenAccord; FreeAtlanta

They are not showing up for me, either.

Looking at the image URLs, it looks like they might be dynamically generated and time out/disappear after a time.

FreeAtlanta, it looks like you need to capture the images and host them yourself for them to be permanent.


36 posted on 01/15/2012 5:13:55 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Thanks for the validation on that.


37 posted on 01/15/2012 5:34:30 PM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: FreeAtlanta

What we are going through...

It’s called ask an actuarial about a math formula and you will always get the response...what answer do you want it to be?


38 posted on 01/15/2012 6:40:47 PM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: FreedomPoster; GreenAccord

Those sneaky bastages.

I thought it added more credibility if I linked to their lying data directly. I will rerun the graphs and post.

Thanks!


39 posted on 01/15/2012 7:39:52 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: GreenAccord; FreedomPoster
I posted these up on bahits.

I hope this helps. Thanks, FreeAtlanta

40 posted on 01/15/2012 7:52:00 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

What labeling should the Y-axis have?


41 posted on 01/15/2012 9:09:32 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

It is thousands.

You can get this graph and a lot of other data at this link

http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/surveymost?bls

After you check the data you want and submit, a page comes up that has a table. There is a check box at the top that will graph it for you. Click it and resubmit.


42 posted on 01/15/2012 9:13:35 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I hope you are right, and you probably are, that Obama and his minions are playing games with the numbers. While I have never seen (anecdotal) an environment like this since perhaps 1982, it IS different in that people get benefits MUCH longer than then, and there are more benefits. Also, I can’t tell you how many people I know who’ve been on disability for decades, with seemingly nothing physical wrong with them. I believe some of the unemployed are getting disability, when they might not have in the past.

I think one major difference between now and the GD, is then, we had a future. The family was intact, people believed in more than themselves, the govt was smaller AND we had WWII to look forward to /half wry comment

We were also a creditor nation then. Now, we are stealing from the future so pols can get re-elected. In many ways, while we may not be worse off NOW, I think our future could be pretty bleak.


43 posted on 01/16/2012 7:23:15 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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