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    The Obama Pattern: Workforce Shrinks, So Unemployment Drops

    The Obama Pattern: Workforce Shrinks, So Unemployment Drops

    July 4, 2014 by Ben Bullard
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    We write these stories just about every month: the Administration of President Barack Obama finds the silver lining in a dismal monthly jobs report by focusing on a happy-sounding number while ignoring the broader, disturbing trend.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its June employment figures this week, and the unemployment rate has dropped. Yet, like clockwork, that statistic has been accompanied by another ó one thatís far more indicative of the health of the U.S. labor force. Itís not so much that more people are getting jobs; itís that fewer people are looking for them.
    The total number of people who are seeking employment has been decimated in the Obama recovery, with a record-breaking 92,120,000 Americans who, by the BLSís definition, have dropped out of the labor force. That leaves the participation rate among working-age Americans stranded, for yet another month, at the lowest level itís seen in four decades: 62.8 percent. The figure reflects a one-month increase in dropouts from the labor force of 111,000.
    The BLS considers Americans age 16 and older who have not sought employment in the past four weeks, during any period, to have dropped out of the labor force for that period.
    Obama touted what good news there was to be gleaned from the June report, the addition of 288,000 jobs (or 177,000 jobs, if you factor in the dropouts), saying the U.S. has ďnot seen more consistent job growth since the í90s.Ē
    But thereís also this: ďAt no time during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, did such a small percentage of the civilian non-institutional population either hold a job or at least actively seek one,Ē observed CNS News in its report on the data.
    There are about 314 million people living in the U.S., and some 268 million of them are of working age. But of that 268 million, there are 92,120,000 who arenít actively looking for work. Thatís a ratio of 34.4 percent non-employment ó a condition in which more than one-third of people who are able to work not only arenít working, but they either arenít trying to find a job or theyíve simply given up.

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    June Full-Time Jobs Plunge By Over Half A Million, Part-Time Jobs Surge By 800K, Most Since 1993

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/03/2014 19:29 -0400

    Is this the reason for the blowout, on the surface, payroll number? In June the BLS reports that the number of full-time jobs tumbled by 523K to 118.2 million while part-time jobs soared by 799K to over 28 million!



    Looking at the breakdown of full and part-time jobs so far in 2014, we find that 926K full-time jobs were added to the US economy. The offset: 646K part-time jobs.



    Something tells us that the fact that the BLS just reported June part-time jobs rose by just shy of 800,000 the biggest monthly jump since 1993, will hardly get much airplay today. Because remember: when it comes to jobs, it is only the quantity that matters, never the quality.



    ... just in case there is any confusion why there is zero real wage growth (for two months in a row now), and why it will take a few more months before experts start tossing the word stagflation a little more casually.



    Source: BLS

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...800k-most-1993

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