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I Can’t Take It Anymore! When Will The Government Quit Putting Out Fraudulent Employment Statistics?

On Friday, the entire financial world celebrated when it was announced that the unemployment rate in the United States had fallen to 8.3 percent. That is the lowest it has been since February 2009, and it came as an unexpected surprise for financial markets that are hungry for some good news.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payrolls jumped by 243,000 during the month of January.  You can read the full employment report right here.  Based on this news, pundits all over the world were declaring that the U.S. economy is back.  Stocks continued to rise on Friday and the Dow is hovering near a 4 year high.  So does this mean that our economic problems are over?  Of course not.  A closer look at the numbers reveals just how fraudulent these employment statistics really are.  Between December 2011 and January 2012, the number of Americans “not in the labor force” increased by a whopping 1.2 million.  That was the largest increase ever in that category for a single month.  That is how the federal government is getting the unemployment rate to go down.  The government is simply pretending that huge numbers of unemployed Americans don’t want to be part of the labor force anymore.  As you will see below, the employment situation in America is not improving.  Yet everyone in the mainstream media is dancing around as if the economic crisis has been cancelled.  I can’t take it anymore!  It is beyond ridiculous that so many intelligent people continue to buy in to such fraudulent numbers.

The truth is that the labor force participation rate declined dramatically in January.  For those unfamiliar with this statistic, the labor force participation rate is the percentage of working age Americans that are either employed or that are unemployed and considered to be looking for a job.

As you can see from the chart posted below, the labor force participation rate rose steadily between 1970 and 2000.  That happened because large numbers of women were entering the labor force for the first time.

The labor force participation rate peaked at a little more then 67 percent in the late 90s.  Between 2000 and the start of the recent recession, it declined slightly to about 66 percent.

Since then, it has been dropping like a rock.  The chart below does not even include the latest data.  In January, the labor force participation rate was only 63.7 percent.  That is the lowest that is has been since May 1983.  So keep that in mind as you view the chart.

In reality, the percentage of men and women in the United States that would like to have jobs is almost certainly about the same as it was back in 2007 or 2008.  There has been no major social change that would cause large numbers of men or women to want to give up their careers.  So there is something very, very fishy with this chart….

The federal government has been pretending that millions of unemployed Americans have decided that they simply do not want jobs anymore.

This does not make sense at all.

The truth is that unemployment is not really declining at all.  The percentage of Americans that are working is not increasing.  The civilian employment-population ratio dropped like a rock during 2008 and 2009 and it has held very steady since that time.

In January, the civilian employment-population ratio once again held steady at 58.5 percent.  This is about where it has been for most of the last two years….

Does that chart look like an “economic recovery” to you?

Of course not.

If the percentage of people that are employed is about the same as it was two years ago, does that represent an improvement?

Of course not.

If the employment situation in America was getting better, the civilian employment-population ratio would be bouncing back.

We should be thankful that our economy is not free falling like it was during 2008 and 2009, but we also need to understand why things have stabilized.

The federal government is spending money like there is no tomorrow.  During 2011, the Obama administration stole an average of about 150 million dollars an hour from our children and our grandchildren and pumped it into the economy.  Even though the Obama administration spent that money on a lot of frivolous things, it still got into the pockets of average Americans who in turn went out and spent it on food, gas, clothes and other things.

Without all of this reckless government spending, we would not be able to continue to live way above our means and our economic problems would be a lot worse.

But even with the federal government borrowing and spending unprecedented amount of money, and even with interest rates at record lows, our economy is still deeply struggling.  Just consider the following facts….

-New home sales in the United States hit a brand new all-time record low during 2011.

-The average duration of unemployment in America is close to an all-time record high.

-The percentage of Americans living in “extreme poverty” is at an all-time high.

-The number of Americans on food stamps recently hit a new all-time high.

-According to the Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that gets direct monetary benefits from the federal government.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

So let’s not get too excited about the economy.

Yes, things have somewhat stabilized.  The percentage of Americans that have jobs is about the same as it was two years ago.  Considering how rapidly jobs are being shipped out of the United States, that is a good thing.

Enjoy this false bubble of hope while you can.  Things are about to get a lot worse.

Do you remember how rapidly things fell apart after the financial crisis of 2008?

Well, another major financial crisis is on the way.  This time it is going to be centered in Europe initially, but it is going to spread all around the globe just like the last one did.

As the charts above show, we have never even come close to recovering from the last recession, and another one is on the way.

So how bad are things going to get after the next wave of the financial crisis hits us?

That is something that we should all be thinking about.

  • yaridanjo

    The main job of a politician is to lie to their constituents. ET aliens frequently visit Earth but there are no honest politicians to be found on our planet.

  • mondobeyondo

    Another side note:
    I bought a cockatiel at a swap meet this afternoon. I asked the person selling it, “can these birds talk?” — and she said “yes they can”.

    “So how can you tell if it’s a male or female?” I asked.

    “Ohhh, you’ll know soon enough.”

    So, I take the bird home, and put it in a cage once inhabited by my now deceased lovebird. The first question out of its mouth was – “do these feathers make me look fat??”

    Yep. Definitely a female.

    Okay, back on topic!

  • Fish

    my friends: here
    pretty solid #’s of existing condition

  • Howard T. Lewis III

    They will stop lying about this when they are sure the money they have socked away can not be found. This is why we must depose and arrest the English royal family, QUICK. Only queen lizard can get the records from British protectorate based offshore banks.

  • Christians for Israel

    The Unemployment number is a big joke. It is likely that the labor dept is making the number look better than it actually is in order for Barak Obama to be reelected. That is going to be his saving grace to be President for another 4 years.

  • chiller

    Alls one need do is go to and compare new jobs and lost jobs and you’ll see the lies.

  • godsofold

    They won’t stop putting out fraudulent statistics. Why? Because the numbers have to look good for Obama’s reelection. I’ve read before that throughout our history, presidents that have over 9% unemployment ratings, usually don’t get reelected. So the current administration will do what it has to, to manipulate the numbers for their own good, regardless of what’s true. They’ll continue to smile in our faces and tell us everything is fine as the ship sinks.

    Semper Fi

  • Observer

    DaytoDay wrote that most jobs pay $7.25-$10.00/hr and that “your lucky if you can find a $10/hr job…” I think you will be lucky if you can even find a job that pays the minimum wage. And it’s not only in the USA that it’s like this. Canada is the same. I know because I’m a dual citizen who had to move back with my husband (who is Canadian) to Canada as we both lost our jobs in the USA. It’s not much different up here, so don’t believe those stories that Canada is doing better. It’s not. They are just covering up things better I think. The only jobs I see that might pay better than minimum wage are working in mines, and who wants to do that until retirement age? It seems the only jobs left are those benefiting rich people, picking diamonds and gold. We’re all screwed as far as I can tell. Every single one of us. I think the future is going to be really really bad, and people just are not prepared at all for what is coming.

  • Richard Heiville

    Hi people,
    here in France, we are facing same issue with unemployment statistics.
    Government lies about the figures.
    around 10% of unemployment officially, but in fact it’s over 20% !

    They use a restricted definition of who is unemployed and who is not. (the same one USA uses or so i suppose because it’s from International Labour organisation).
    If you work one hour only a month, you aren’t really counted in unemployment figures.

    We are facing the same problem than in USA:
    no more decent jobs, most job actually are now part time and temporary ones.

  • Me

    Right after the election, regardless of who wins, two things will happen instantaneously:

    1. They stop lying, and
    2. They nuke Iran.

    Unless of course they nuke it now to prevent elections, but I don’t think we’re quite that far down the rabbit hole just yet, and besides which… contrary to popular opinion, it no longer matters who gets elected.

  • Me

    Just a moment on everyone that is all up in Pastor’s grill…

    USURY is not Biblical… or did you miss that part?

    Steal from those a-holes? Exactly why not? Ok, I’m not trying to be Biblical about this but think about it.

  • Colin

    America’s leading industry, America’s most profitable business, is still the manufacture, packaging, distribution and marketing of b-t. High-quality, grade-A, prime-cut, pure, American b-t. And the sad part is, that most people seem to have been indoctrinated to believe that b-t only comes from certain places, certain sources: advertising, politics, salesmen – not true. B-t is everywhere. B-t is rampant. Parents are full of s-t, teachers are full of s-t, clergymen are full of s-t, and law enforcement people are full…of…s-t – this entire country. This entire country is completely full of s-t, and always has been. From the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution to the Star-Spangled Banner, it’s still nothing more than one big steaming pile of red, white and blue, all-American b-t. Because, think of how we started. Think of that. This country was founded by a group of slave-owners who told us all men are created equal. Oh yeah, all men, except for Indians and n-s and women, right? I always like to use that authentic American language. This was a small group of unelected, white, male, land-holding, slave-owners who also suggested their class be the only one allowed to vote. Now, that is what’s known as being stunningly and embarrassingly full of s-t. And I think Americans really show their ignorance when they say they want their politicians to be honest. What are these f-n’ cretins talking about? If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse!

    George Carlin, “You Are All Diseased”

  • Syrin

    Well it’s GREAT news to the liberals when 1.2 MILLION people give up looking for work all together because they are no longer unemployed.

    GREAT news, right GARY ?!?!?!

  • TJ in Atlanta

    Regrettably there is a lot of truth in this article. I’m a financial advisor by trade (for over 25 years) and teach economics and finance. For over the last year virually every credible economist (e.g. Pimco Asset Management) has said the US needs to create between 200,000 and 250,000 jobs per month to have a drop in the unemployment rate. Yet we have seen the rate come down (mysteriously) from 9.1% just a few months ago to 8.3% last month. These numbers are hard to justify by any stretch.

  • Nick

    I wonder if the numbers posted count the over 258,000 new immigrants that have been coming into the country over the last few years.
    Even if that is counted as a family of 4, and one bread we have an additional 65,000 people looking for work.
    By the way the immigration limit is only 1.2 million/yr., but the government has been allowing 3.2 million/yr. legally enter without a change in the law.

  • Felix

    Mark Twain said that there are 3 kinds of lies; Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

  • Steve

    The destruction of jobs is permanent and escalating. The true unemployment rate is 22% and will elevate by 10 percentage points every ten years. The governments cannot or will not help the unemployment and the private sector is Hell bent on automating all jobs out of greed for money previously paid to human workers. The middle and lower classes must unite and economically secede from the upper class economy. The lower and middle classes must form their own economy in the form of Democratic Workplaces (DWP’s) where all income is shared equally and where there are no CEO’s, board of directors, stockholders and investors. Vocation schools need to be established to train the unemployed to work and earm money in the DWP’s. Eventually the middle and lower classes must form their own banks that print their own money, interest free, based on gold, silver, platinum and precious gems. There is no other way.

  • worried

    the reason unemployment rate in the United States had fallen to 8.3 percent. Is due to the fact that the people that was on unemployment their money ran out.
    So there really is no big need to party. we are still hurting for jobs. I pray for everyone that lost their jobs that God help them find a new job. even if it pays less than what they lost.

  • worried

    Vote obama out of office in 2012

  • Jango

    Cretins in America have reached critical mass.

    …don’t worry. BRICS understand this and will save the world from complete collapse.

    The FED fully supports one world government and needs to deliver the US as a impovirished,powerless, compliant nation brought to heal to fit with the programe.

    The planet can not sustain Americans and it can not be justified that such stupid cretinis human beings should be held above other humans who share this planet.

    The plan is democratic and fare.

    Americans just need to come to the realization that they are not special above all of Gods other children.

  • Patriot B

    And vote Who into office in 2012, Worried?

    Do you honestly think we’d be all better under a President McCain and a bimbo vice pres?

    All this ********* started when Bush invaded Iraq.
    Don’t you Ever forget that.

    Bush and his buddies got richer from it.

    • Truth

      The reason it began isn’t because of Bush. It was started by Americans borrowing too much using credit cards. By all of us living well beyond our means we created a giant bubble that was doomed to pop and bite us in the butt. We are all paying for it now. The bank and gov are to blame as well for constantly lying to the public to get them to continue the use of credit which has doomed the world.

  • joker

    The Pres. lies every time he opens his mouth, he is a con man and pulling the biggest con the world ever see.


  • gimblet

    you all just don’t get it. the people no longer control anything. and not enough people will join together to change anything. we just keep blaming others, arguing with each other. stop worrying about it or band together and do something productive. like make the government end the martial law we are still under. no one is going to do anything but complain. i’m just as guilty. I can’t find work where i live and doesn’t like things are going to get any better. it’s a shame we all let things get this way

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