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The Shocking Truth About Unemployment In America In One Chart

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The mainstream media is not telling you the truth about unemployment in the United States.  The percentage of working age Americans that are employed is not increasing.  In March 2010, 58.5 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  In March 2012, 58.5 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  So if the employment rate is exactly the same as it was two years ago, then how in the world can the Obama administration claim that things have gotten significantly better since then?  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official unemployment rate in the United States was 9.8 percent in March 2010 and it declined to 8.2 percent in March 2012.  So how is this possible if the percentage of working age Americans that have jobs hasn’t moved?  Well, what they do is they claim that there are millions upon millions of Americans that have “left the labor force”.  In other words, they claim that there are millions upon millions of unemployed Americans that don’t want jobs anymore.  Of course that is a total farce, but the mainstream media and most Americans are buying it.  They actually believe that the unemployment rate is going down.  But the truth is that the unemployment crisis in America has not subsided.  In fact, we are pretty much exactly where we were two years ago, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.

If you want to know the shocking truth about unemployment in America, all you need to do is to look at one chart.  The chart posted below shows the change in the employment-population ratio over the past few years.  What the employment-population ratio measures is the percentage of working age Americans that actually have jobs.  As you can see, it fell dramatically during 2008 and 2009, and since then it has been hovering between 58 and 59 percent….

So there has been no employment recovery, and this is very odd because the employment-population ratio always bounces back after a recession.

The chart posted below shows how the employment-population ratio has changed since the late 1940s.  The shaded areas represent recessions.  Please take note that after every single recession (other than the current one) the employment-population ratio has always bounced back substantially.

During the most recent recession, the employment-population ratio fell farther than it had during any other recession in the post-World War II era.

If these were normal economic times, it would have been reasonable to expect a huge surge in hiring by now.

But we have not seen that.

Instead, the employment rate in the United States has been remarkably flat for more than two years.

So Barack Obama should not even begin to say anything at all about a “recovery” until the employment rate at least breaks the 59 percent barrier.

In the past I have written about how fraudulent the employment statistics put out by the federal government are.

Well, fortunately there are some folks up on Capitol Hill that are starting to take notice of this phenomenon as well.  There is a new bill in Congress that would change the way that the unemployment rate is calculated….

A Republican lawmaker is intensifying his push for legislation that would change how the government measures the unemployment rate. 

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) intends to press GOP leaders to move his bill to include the number of individuals who gave up looking for work in the percentage of jobless claims.

Of course there is probably not a chance that such a bill would ever get through the Senate, but at least some lawmakers are trying to get people to notice what is going on.

The sad truth of the matter is that the employment crisis in America is still about as bad as it was a couple of years ago.

Do you remember a couple of months ago when Barack Obama spoke with the wife of an unemployed engineer and asked her to send his resume to the White House?

Well, it turns out that the unemployed engineer still doesn’t have a job….

More than two months after President Barack Obama asked for Darin Wedel’s résumé, the phone is quiet, e-mails are no longer flooding in and the long-sought-after job interviews — which had begun to be scheduled — have petered out.

“Not even recruiting companies are calling anymore,” said Jennifer Wedel, the Fort Worth mother of two who chatted online this year with Obama about her out-of-work husband.

She says his job search has been hurt by a program to hire skilled foreign workers.

But Barack Obama is doing the same thing on a national level.

He is promising all of us that things are improving and that there will be lots of jobs for everyone soon, but it is all a lie.

The truth is that this period of relative stability that has been purchased by unprecedented levels of government debt will soon give way to even more economic trouble.

One of my readers recently brought to my attention a list of some of the major companies that are currently getting rid of workers….

Ford will be laying off 1,200 assembly line workers later on this month.

Pittsburgh-based paint and coating manufacturer PPG has announced that it will be laying off 2,000 workers.

J.C. Penney recently laid off 600 workers and has plans to lay off another 300 workers in July.

Lockheed Martin has announced that it will be laying off hundreds of workers.

Dow Chemical has announced that hundreds of workers are going to be laid off.

Yahoo has formally announced that it will be getting rid of about 2,000 workers.

Sony has announced plans to eliminate 10,000 jobs globally.

Even Oprah Winfrey is laying off workers.  Oprah is reducing the size of the staff at the OWN network by 20 percent.

Meanwhile, our economy continues to bleed jobs at an astounding pace.  At a time when American workers desperately need jobs, millions of them continue to be sent overseas.

In fact, even some jobs that you would think would be impossible to outsource are being given to foreigners.  Just recently, ABC News did a major report on all of the roads and bridges all over the United States that are being built by Chinese companies.  If you have not seen that report yet, you can view it online right here.

If you go into a Wal-Mart or a dollar store and you start turning over products you will find that huge numbers of them are made in China and that very few of them are made in the United States.  China is absolutely dominating us on the global economic stage.  Last year our trade deficit with China was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.  Yet we continue to pursue the exact same trade policies year after year.

So how is the American economy ever supposed to recover if we continue to play to lose?

As a nation we spend far more than we make, we consume far more than we produce and our federal government implements thousands of new business-crippling regulations every single year.

If you still have a good job, you should treasure it and you should try to hold on to it for as long as you can.  Soon the next major economic downturn will be upon us and millions more Americans will lose their jobs and their homes.

Things did not have to turn out this way, but we made horribly bad decisions for decades and now the consequences are catching up with us.

You better get ready.

  • michelle

    I bet it goes down again before it goes up…

    Clif High’s Wujo: How To Find Work, Rethinking The Process [April 8, 2012]

  • William

    Earth to Americans……in case you have not figured it out yet, the “gubmint” does not tell the truth about anything……not 911, not inflation, not unemployment, not debt, not the Federal Reserve, not Libya, not Serbia, not Syria, not Israel, not Iraq, not Iran, not the deficit, not Social Security, not wars, not Kosovo, NOTHING, ZIP, NADA…………CONGRATULATIONS, welcome to 1984 in 2012. Be sure to vote for your incumbents in the US Congress, you deserve it.

    • Gary3

      A sad commentary on USA is that in the “historic” 2010 elections, over 85% of incumbent congress critters were reelected. I am diametrically opposed to Meeshall Obummer–I am embarrassed to be an umurikan.

    • David

      The thing about Michael’s articles is that he is so busy blaming Obama for everything that is wrong with this conuntry that he doesn’t have time to offer any solutions. By the way you can add Democrat and Republican Parties that lie to Americans. Both are worthless!

    • Another Richard

      William, you got it Right, you got it right, you got it right, you got it right, you got it right, you got it right, you got it right, you got it right, man – you got it Right on All accounts.

    • wisefool

      Amen William. Such a hard concept for people to acknowledge. We aren’t being told the truth about ANYTHING. This world can only offer death and/or deception. The powers of this world are like cockroaches. They scatter away from the light, lest they be exposed.

    • Bob

      Just feel sorry for us that know it and can’t do anything about it!

  • mondobeyondo

    You know it’s bad when even the President can’t help you get a job. That lady shouldn’t be too disappointed though. Just wait another 7 months, there’ll be plenty of top level government jobs available…

    It should be obvious that this is no ordinary recession. Something is seriously wrong when so many major companies are laying off staff in the midst of this “recovery”. Didn’t Ford announce that they were making a profit? And yet, they are cutting 2,000 workers?!! You can call it “downsizing” if you want, I just call it “weird”.

    • John W.

      The corporate tax rate in the US is now the highest in the world. soon the tax rate on dividends will be over forty percent. No one can make a return with these rates. Why bother? Just send the jobs overseas. Also make sure to import workers both legal and illegal to make things even harder on Americans looking for work. We have the govt. we deserve.

      • Gay Veteran

        eyeroll, corporations do NOT pay the corporate rate because of their army of tax attorneys and lobbyists

    • David

      I call it the rich getting richer!

  • tappedops

    88 million people are NOT in the work force… how in the world would anyone see that as a red flag… fear fear fear… shame

    • John W.

      Are you naturally stupid or did you work at it. That is damn near half the adult working population. No nation can pay it’s bills with those numbers.

  • Tim

    According to Shadow Government Statistics, the real unemployment rate is 22.2%.

    • Gary3

      Sadly, I think even THAT is an optomistic figure.

  • luis

    oooooh ************** im getting ready for a total economy collapse

  • Steve


    Excellent article. I’m from Australia but carefully watch what goes on in the US, as the global economy is so interwined and interdepedent. Just goes to show that if noone could get jobs and everyone fell off unemployment, the liars could well claim there is no unemployment in America, when in truth, unemployment is as rife and deep as ever!


    • Michael


      I have never been to Australia but one day I would love to visit. I hear some areas are absolutely beautiful.

      And it is true – the global economy is more interconnected than ever and what happens to the U.S. is going to deeply affect the rest of the world.


  • Cinderella Man

    Absolutley shattering and stunning when you look at the big unemployment picture. Teenagers arent getting jobs back, college students arent getting jobs back, former middle class arent getting jobs back, unemployed retirees that cant afford to be retired arent getting jobs back!! I read somewhere the other day that there are 200 million working age people in America and only 120 million are working!! So what are the other 80 million doing?? Some are living on the dole and dont wanna work, but Im betting the vast majority would love to have a good paying job there’s just none to be had. My advice to the long term unemployed (Ive been there its extremely heartbreaking to search and search to no avail) but move to where the jobs are!! Thats what I had to do. I left the city to a much more rural area where there was plenty of work. I realize that not all can or have the means to do it, but if youre dragging your heels stuck in a rut, it might be something worth looking into. Maybe some more education but I would only suggest doing that in the right field of study ie. skilled trades not liberal arts degrees!! I remember the nightmare of unemployment Michael so eloquently terms it soul-crushing and thats the best way to describe it. One year ago I was living in my car and I discovered this blog. Since then my life has completely turned around. I got a home of my own now, a job that is offering advancement, and most importantly my sense of pride has returned. Now I hope my other friends especially Mondo can find a great job too! Best of luck to everyone here God Bless!! 🙂

    • Ian

      I just got 4 job offers and had to turn down one that i started.

      its not that hard to find work. You just have to be flexible with want you will do for money.

      economy is improving…….sorry.

      • No Ian, it’s not improving. March posted about 120,000 new jobs. Check the U.S. population clock and you’ll see we net one international foreign worker every 44 seconds. That’s 59,766 foreign workers taking half those jobs. Then there’s population growth which is much higher. Now we’re already in the hole. Part of the problem with fixing the U.S. economy is people like you who get a job (when so many others do not) and then crow that everything’s fine. It’s not fine!

      • DAS

        Ian I think the reall issue is with people that do not want to work. In “most” of America there are jobs to be had. Here in Ohio we have a oil and natural gas boom that will be creating hundreds, maybe thousands of job. Along with new casinos that are soon to be up and running. I read a local news paper that said hundreds of peope were turned away from these jobs because of crimal records, and drug testing. And what about the thousands of people on the goverement coin. {East Cleveland for example} I am sure they dident even think about trying to get one of these jobs. If you have a skill, or the will to work hard, you should be able to get work, even if its not a great job.

    • That’s great. For every one of you though, I know five more that had their car impounded and now live in a park… some of them with serious medical problems as a result of not having access to adequate healthcare.

  • If the ratio was between 55% and 58% between the 1950’s and 1970’s, and then shot up after that, maybe we have another 3% to drop until we get to the 55% floor that has been hit several times in the past.

    • Michael

      Keep in mind that American women entered the workforce in very large numbers throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

      So don’t compare apples to oranges.


      • JustanOguy

        Don’t compare Apples to Oranges…

        There was a time when an American Household did not need two incomes for two cars, multiple TV’s, Smart Phones, Cell Phones, Internet, Going out to eat three times a week +, and the list goes on and on and on…

        Michael, when I look over financially challenged household’s balance sheets, it’s pretty clear what the real problems are.

        And where is China and other emerging nations getting their money from to compete for oil and food?

        Why are people complaining that they can’t pay their cable bill?

        When professional athletes and celebrities stop making $10 Million + a year…. then there is a major problem.

        Until then, it’s a mal-investment of finances. Inflated mortgages, car loans, going out to eat on the credit cards, etc, etc..

        What the U.S. needs is a financial collapse to wake people up and let deflation run it’s course.

        People in debt up to their ears should not have a better standard of living then people with no debt who have the same income…. but the new American Dream courtesy of the Federal Reserve and big banks gives the illusion that living beyond your means is OK.

        Net Worth seems to mean nothing nowadays…

      • wisefool

        Yes, back then the women could afford to stay home. Having a job wasn’t AS crucial. The women’s lib movement more or less shot everyone in the foot. All it did was increase the cost of living, specifically the roof over your head. Now I think they would rather stay home again haha.

        • Kev

          It was meant to do a lot more than that.And has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

  • First of all i would like to mention the article
    about the 77 yr old retired Greek Pharmacist-
    Dimitris Christoulas who shot himself in the head outside the Greek parliament on Wed. Apr 5th.His suicide note said that finacial troubles had pushed him over the edge,also said he preferred to die rather than scavenge for food.
    (Reuters) all i can say is that i am ready but will not take the above way out.As Long as the people of this country allow obama and the environmentalists to strangle this country slowly to death there is not much that can be said or done, so yes,people had better start paying attention,but again you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.

    • OldPhart

      Stay ready, however rethink the direction you point the gun.

    • Paul

      IMHO the US is wasting far too much money on guns and ammunition and bombs and diesel and gas for the army and navy to protect oil coming to America.

      Put all that money into research and development of sustainable energy sources and become independent of those pyjama sheikhs.

      Let the wind blow and the sun shine and the cows sh*t for free and reap the rewards. Connect your toilet not to the next river (and fishing ground) but to the next power plant to generate electricity from sewage gas.

      What’s wrong with that idea?

    • David

      Totally agree. Let’s blame everything on the enviromentalist and obama. After all obama was the one who started two unfunded wars under bogus pretenses. Oh that’s right we found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, somewhere, I know there here somewhere… Give me a break

    • sharonsj

      You are confused as to why we’re in trouble. It isn’t Obama (though he’s been keeping the Bush nonsense going) or the environmentalists. It’s the Republicans and some Democrats.

      In case you don’t know, Dems in Congress have been trying to get certain laws passed, such as Sen. Dorgan, who kept trying to put up a bill to stop giving tax credits to companies that outsourced. The Republicans blocked it every time. I bet the Republicans will continue to block any bill that would help us merely to make Obama look bad. They think if the economy sucks then we’ll vote Republican.

      However, you need to look at what’s going on in states run by Republican governors and you’ll know exactly what’s in store for us if Romney gets in. Republicans are giving tax breaks to the rich while cutting all social programs and firing teachers, firefighters, and police. Republican austerity will turn us into Greece–and Greece is going up in flames.

  • Jodi

    Try to be the best at your job. I had a job for 13 years and after a huge layoff I was able to find work elsewhere in the company. It didn’t last long til they needed to layoff more and I finally got cut, but I was able to hold on longer. It’s been 6 mos and I’ve sent out tons of resumes since.

    Just recently, I was at a Hobby Lobby store and I was looking at American flag metal art and I turned it around and it said Made in China. I really wanted it for my front door and then I saw the China label. It was a turn off.

    Michael, these articles don’t really make me happy but I certainly do appreciate the information. I’ve been awake for awhile but these articles have really helped me explain it better to my friends and family. Hopefully its working. Thanks!

    • Michael


      I am so glad to hear that. One of my goals is for these articles to be able to be used as tools in conversations with family and friends. So it is great that they have helped you in that regard. 🙂


  • The last picture sums it up; seems like more and more women have the good jobs, while real men are being left behind. Once proud men were able to have a “manly” job where they could support the wife at home who in turn would raise the kids. With quotas, feminism, and immigration both legal and illegal, we are seeing the sad fall of the male that built America and made this country what it is today, or at least what it was in the 90s. I considered “today’s” America as being the New America while the 1990s, the last decade that was good, (that I remember) as being the Old America. In the New America, its cool for men to be on welfare, to do drugs, and to not have a job, and while the woman works, the man cheats on her (Modern women love these kind of tough guys too!). A lot of males I see only care about sports, bangin women whom they treat like trash, and partying. Gone are the “simple men who pay the bills”, men who are active in their community, or ones who are informed on current and future events of this country. Simply put, the majority of the “modern males” have made this country weak.

    • David

      Ok! Maybe if the guy got a hair cut and shaved his caveman beard he might have a better time finding a job or a rich woman. As I see him now, he doesn’t stand a chance…

    • Ian

      I agree. Women have it waaaay easier in the job market these days.

      in my city, you can forget about waiting tables. All given to women first. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

      • Waiting tables, why would you want do that? You’d probably work with hot girls with big jugs who get all the tips, while they make you, “the nice guy”, do all the work. A woman’s place is at home, and the man is suppose to provide for the woman. Sure the woman can get a job, but the man must be the breadwinner. Thats just the way it should be. Id feel awful if I had a wife and she had a good job, and I didnt. It would make me feel inferior and worthless.

  • Newton

    Look closely at your chart; between 1958 and 1965
    ( 8 years! ) it was about 56% – well UNDER the
    58% we’re at now for the last 3 years.

    I wonder if the sky was falling for those people
    back then & if they were ” getting ready”.

    • Michael


      Back then far fewer women worked.

      In those days, just about anyone that wanted a job could easily get a job.

      I thought that would be self-apparent, but perhaps I should have explained that in the article.


      • JustanOguy

        Yes… fewer women worked because only one job was needed to raise a family back in those days.

        Then inflation came along and everything else that people really don’t need.

        Could America survive if everybody stopped buying stuff (and that’s all it really is — stuff)Made in China?

        Heck… name what you need and I probably have it sitting in my storage unit available to sell to you.

        Need a coffee machine? I have at least four of them.

      • mondobeyondo

        Yes, far fewer women worked back then. They didn’t have to – the husband’s income was enough for the whole family. These days, it’s almost a necessity for the husband and wife to both work. And the kids, too, provided they are of working age. Even then, it’s often hard to make ends meet.

    • David

      I have no issues with being prepared seems to be the prudent thing to do.

  • Wolfgang

    get ready for what? – This story has no end… it’s only the humble beginning of the middle class being squeezed out of the employment zone. Government and private industry is still laying off GOOD jobs. Yes, I can dig up somebody’s lawn now for a few bucks an hour. But that is not paying for food or retirement. So get real, we’re in for a pretty nasty ride.

  • McKinley Morganfield

    “Things did not have to turn out this way, but we made horribly bad decisions for decades and now the consequences are catching up with us.”

    Yes, many bad choices. The choice of the public sector to promise free lunch. The choice of voting for politicians who tell you lunch is free. The choice of too many people to live beyond far, far beyond their means. The choice of trade relations that produce cheaper consumer goods and cost jobs here at home. The choice of allowing millions of illegals to enter the country and further drive down wages. The choice to not prosecute fraud because the criminals were TBTF and too well connected with the political class. These choices have created a debt that can never be paid. These choices have left unfunded liabilities that are now impossible to fund. Hard times are here for many, and harder times are ahead for all of us.

    • David

      Now that is an intelligent post. Stated the facts and was straight to the point. Best part, you did not blame one party or the other. Both are responsible as are we the American public. If we want change we the American public have to pursue it. It won’t come from the present polictical parties.

  • Tim

    This is a very good article and it’s right on the money, or maybe I should say the lack of it.

    Not only are these things very true but if you add into this mess all of the hidden inflation that is on people then look out.

    A whole lot of prices “seem” the same but you can be rest assured they are not. They have been lowering the volumes of most products in extremely hidden ways that unless your paying real good attention, you won’t even notice.

    Evil marketing schemes directed right in your face with all intent to deceive you the consumer.

    So, with all of this it shows that those unemployed, or those under-employed are really going to be hurting even more.

    Were it not for food stamps, welfare, supplemental security income (SSI), free food pantries and such, people would be up in arms and lashing out at government. But government can hide its many faces of evils behind this for only so long. And people should only be angry at themselves for wanting free, free, free!

    The ones who “really” work pay dearly. But it seems like very soon all will pay. Even the innocent. May God forgive us all.

    Maybe this summer will tell tales of truth. But be rest assured that most won’t like it. Free stuff, and this includes money in any form, always comes with a very high price to be paid at some point in the future. It kind of looks as though we are there in the future now, or at least at the start of it.

    God bless all who seek Him in truth and honesty because they care to keep His Commandments.

    • Jodi

      You’re on the money about the volume of products. I’ve noticed when I go to the grocery store, most products that have reduced in size have a new look. I believe this is a sneaky way of hiding the lower volume and nobody will notice. It’s even happened to the bulk products you buy at Costco.

  • Ghulam

    Was not the major increase after about 1970 due mostly to putting twice as many people into the category of those looking for work, i.e. taking women out of the home and putting them in competition for jobs? Statistics like this totally discount home gardens and the entire effect of what was once positively regarded as home economics. Now the boom created in part by this shift in the work force has played out.


  • I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and felt compelled to respond.

    Your blog should be required reading in every school in America.

    It’s amazing how the media succumbs to these fixed government numbers.

    Keep up the good work.

    One day the mass sheeples will wake up.

    • Michael


      It is great to hear from a long time reader. 🙂

      By putting these articles together I am learning a ton, and hopefully I am able to communicate what I learn in a way that is clear and helpful to others. It is an honor to have so many people visiting the site, and I am thankful for all the encouraging things that people post.

      And I agree with you – I wish this blog would be read in every school in America. It certainly would not take much to beat the pablum found in most textbooks these days. 🙂


    • David

      Sorry won’t happen. To politicaly slanted to one side. Not objective enough.

  • Ranger

    Unbelieveable the lies, deceit, manipulation of data, all to get someone reelected. The MSM is as corrupt as official Washington, and I’m including members of both major political parties.

    • David

      Thank you for that inclusion of both parties. Both parties are corrupt, and have lied for decades. It is their jobs after all.

  • These chinese companys bring in 3,000 chinese nationals a week. The US government give them Foreign Work Visa,s to work on these projects. The workers pay no Federal or State or Income TAXES. They are all over this country. OPEN your eyes……. Occupy STOP the Boats….NO more work visa,s

    • JustanOguy

      It’s not just Chinese Companies… Apple does the same thing. They bring in Engineers from India on temporary work visas and pay them half of what Apple would have to pay Americans.

      When their work visa expires, they just bring in the next round.

  • Michael

    We don’t even know that the jobs that were added in the last 2 years are real. I have a feeling they are the result of seasonal adjustments. It’s funny how we never hear stories about companies hiring 2000 workers.

    I went to a few job fairs and all they had were low wage, mostly low paying jobs. The irony is that they were held at colleges that are supposed to provide skills for…what?

  • Marc

    A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Colin

    Michael, federal aid for job training is drying up, and this is having an impact on both employers and employees. Here is the source:

  • George Kadlec

    People so often look only at the symptoms of a problem and try to treat the symptoms and not the actual cause of the problem.

    An anthropologist by the name of J.D. Unwin initiated a study with the premise that marriage was not necessary and possibly even detrimental to the development of great societies. At the end of this study he completely reversed his hypothesis.

    “Perhaps the definitive work on the rise and fall of civilizations,” writes Fitzpatrick, “was published in 1934 by Oxford anthropologist J.D. Unwin”:

    In “Sex and Culture,” Unwin studied 86 human civilizations ranging from tiny South Sea island principalities to mighty Rome. He found that a society’s destiny is linked inseparably to the limits it imposes on sexual expression and that those sexual constraints correlate directly to its theological sophistication and religious commitment.

    Unwin noted that the most primitive societies had only rudimentary spiritual beliefs and virtually no restrictions on sexual expression, whereas societies with more sophisticated theologies placed greater restrictions on sexual expression, and achieved greater social development.

    In particular, cultures that adopt what Unwin dubbed “absolute monogamy” proved to be the most vigorous, economically productive, artistically creative, scientifically innovative and geographically expansive societies on earth.
    The following are grave words for the USA that come from noted Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin who found no culture surviving once it ceased to support marriage and monogamy. None.

    Now we can do a basic analysis of marriage in the USA. Current illegitimacy rates are as follows:

    Black 73%

    Hispanic 53%

    White 29%

    for an overall rate of 41%. The future of the USA has been written. Currently the rate of illegitimacy for women under 30 is 52%.

    • Another Richard

      Almighty God created man, woman and Marriage between them for life and Blessed them in it. That was written by the eternal hand of the Almighty in His Book to man, the Holy Bible. The educated infadels are the biggest part of the problem in this country, “Ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth”, which is the Bible’s own commentary of those who Know Not the True and Living God in these Last Days. The Blessings of this Nation follwed the obedience of those in the early founding of this once great Nation. We have abandoned God in this Nation and His ways and Now we are reaping the consequences of it All.

      • Gay Veteran

        you mean the Almighty created marriage between a man and several women

    • Ghulam

      In the late 1940s and 1950s, most American families still followed the traditional patriarchal social plan, and the percentage of the population that attended religious services was higher than it is today. Most women stayed home, while the men ran businesses, the military, and the government. The economy consumed petro-chemicals at a small fraction of the rate then than it did after women began to enter the work force, and families bought second cars. The extraordinary gender role changes that swept Europe and America in the last century and a half, coming to a climax through the last half of the 20th century, came about because the owners of finance and industry controlled the media, academia, and government. They favoured doubling the work force, because doing so spun the economy faster and faster. Feminism was desirable for those who owned industry, but not in the long run for a nation or a culture, and it has been a major contributing factor in the destruction of the environment. The one-time shift of women into the work force and the sudden increase in economic output that it caused gave the illusion of ever increasing wealth and power, fueling an arrogance that showed itself in unrealistic and unsustainable twentieth century urban and sub-urban design.

      For American car makers and oil companies, putting women into the work force and taking them out of the home, meant more than twice the number of vehicles and miles driven. Without women at home, entire industries were needed to provide child care, elder care, and fast food. Couples with two professional-level salaries could afford to fly great distances to enormous, inefficient houses; they could afford multiple, over-sized automobiles, boats and mobile homes, second homes, and fruit flown in from other continents. The society as a whole could afford gigantic sports and gambling palaces, and extraordinary military expenditures. Feminism paved the way for the excesses of late 20th and early 21st century America and Europe. It contributed heavily to an explosion of obesity and other health problems as home-cooked meals from a home garden were replaced by industrially produced junk.

      or the last half century many if not most of the best new positions created by the booming economy have gone to the wives of men who already had good salaries and high social status. These double-income couples by their very existence have diminished the prospects of a similar number of lower class white and minority families who do not have one parent with a high-end occupation, dramatically increasing the distance between the haves and the have-nots. Working class women must go out to work, because high cast women have taken away their husbands’ chances for a job good enough to enable them to stay home with their children. In a nation with an incarceration rate far higher than anywhere else on earth, many American women, especially black ones, have husbands either in prison or out of work because they have a prison record.

  • Diane23

    STOP purchasing products made in China. Buy used — thrift shops, garage sales, Craigslist, whatever — you’ll be keeping the money in our own country, not sending it overseas. We don’t NEED half of what we buy anyway. Let China sell their products to the Chinese. We’re on the edge of the cliff, and our companies are still sending jobs overseas because labor costs are lower to manufacture products THAT WE DON’T NEED. Just stop buying and make your reasons known the the retailers and manufacturers. What a mess we’ve gotten ourselves into with our insatiable greed for junk.

  • Ed_B

    “It should be obvious that this is no ordinary recession. ”

    No, it is not a recession at all. If we look up the definition of a depression, we read “a deep reduction in national, regional, or world productivity coupled with persistently high unemployment”. Hmmm… sounding familiar yet?

    Face it, kids, we ARE in a depression and it is NOT getting better. We are continuously being told that it is getting better but that is a snow job of the 1st order, if ever there was one. If unemployment is falling, as government and Fed reports say, why are the tax receipts collected by the US Treasury less today than they were a year ago?

    I’m not worried for myself. I have enough to get by on and be OK. But I am worried about my kids, grand kids, and all of my fellow Americans who have less than I do or who are being so mercilessly ground between the proverbial rock and a hard place these days.

    I can’t possibly believe that all of this is happening by accident. No, there simply can’t be that many coincidences in this world for anyone to believe that. This is a pogrom and there is no other word for it that fits so well. As the US middle class is decimated, we approach that best of all times for lords and ladies, the middle ages when feudalism was in full swing. These lords and ladies desperately want and jolly well will have all of the money and all of the political power and everyone who survives in this dreary environment will have to beg for the crumbs from their tables. Oh, sorry, you did not beg hard enough or in a sufficiently pleasing manner, so no crumbs for you. Guards! Remove him. NEXT!

  • mondobeyondo

    March 2015…

    58.5 percent of all working age Americans are now employed. If you are lucky, you just might be one of them.

  • mark

    Did you read that the federal government intends to raise the quotas for employment of disabled people? As the government makes more rules and stops the ability of a company to make a profit,more work will go to third world countries where they do not have these regulations.

  • mondobeyondo

    The more things change, the more things stay the same. The sheeple will only wake up when they remove the wool that’s pulled over their eyes.

    “We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgment of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    And I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again…

    Change it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the fall that’s all
    But the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    And I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again”

    “We Won’t Get Fooled Again”, The Who
    Not much else left to do but pick up my guitar and play… just like yesterday…

  • Kev

    Hello from the UK Michael,
    I have been a reader of your articles for quite a while now and I am pleased to see them being used elsewhere in the various sites.I wonder if you’ve ever considered an article on our Tavistock Institute or your Stanford Institute I believe it’s called? I have been interested in the methods of deception and propaganda that they have employed over the decades and think it would be well worth bringing to the attention of your readers.
    All the best and thanks,

    • Michael


      I think that would make for a very interesting article, but I am afraid that I am not an expert on that topic. It is something that I will have to look into.


      • Kev

        Dr john Coleman has written a book on Tavistock.Their methods are psychological.Edward Bernays and Sigmund Freud were among others involved in the establishment of this pernicious institute to foment public opinion.If you consider how many of what we call ‘spin doctors’ have so much influence on policy it begs further investigation.Our very own Prime Minister began his ascent in ‘PR’.Most of of the speeches uttered by politicos are,I suspect,crafted by these creatures.
        I only suggest further investigation as I suspect that the indifference experienced by so many posters here when trying to enlighten friends and family to the reality of what is happening,could be explained by long term conditioning and behavioural manipulation.
        Great work,and i pass on your column to many friends and acquaintancies.

  • Josh

    Great article, although I wanted to make a quick note regarding the 10k jobs cut from Sony. A huge chunk of those cuts will probably affect overseas positions and unprofitable business/product groups. Highly unlikely that 10k Americans will lose their jobs, considering how critical the North American market is to Sony and how they already made very deep cuts in Sony USA back in 2009. Many Sony employees are already working multiple positions/responsibilities so it’s hard to imagine more cuts in an already bare-bones environment.

  • Pat

    I might add to the discussion that in France they have a four day work week and in Denmark half the work force is retraining in such things as being a street clown or hip hop dancing and are not counted in their statistics.


  • Raymond

    It is easy to see from the graph that 1980-2000 was a time of prosperity for us. Then after 2000, the country has been in employment decline.

  • bobinsherwood

    Chalk it up to John Galt shruggers and 2012 EOW believers who just want to spend time with family and friends. Expect 2013 to take off!



  • Dave K

    Establishment survey data for manufacturing employment since 1939. After every recession since the end of WWII, manufacturing employment bounced back almost immediately, at least until the 90s. It improved steadily from the postwar era until the late 70s/early 80s before stabilizing and eventually declining beginning in the late 90s. Partly outsourcing, partly globalization, partly automation, partly women increasingly joining the field but that is a lot of jobs in what used to be an area of dominance that have disappeared, especially in the last 15 years. Even the two million jobs lost since 2007 would help.

    Ah well. One day, there will be someone in India calling customer service, they’ll reach someone with a Boston accent and complain about not having someone available that they can understand.

  • Paul

    I make it a policy to support the smallest guys.

    I vote for the smallest party or independent and I try not to buy at large chain stores, but rather the local mom and pop.

    Can I make a change? Who knows; there is always that single straw that broke the camel’s back.

  • Tim Z. (a.k.a. Tim)

    In regard to Ghulams reply above, Ghulam is exactly right about the taking of women out of the home and how it played an extreme role in changing the numbers of the employed. But, It also changed the morals of people over the span of time. Hiding behind “law” of man people now are under another of satans lies that man is only a sperm doner and such and that women don’t really need men.

    You can expect to see Amerika experience the fruits of it’s arrogance of it’s laws having been put above Gods. And I don’t particularly care who’s “little feelings” get hurt or how angry one gets, because they can’t see truth if it isn’t in them.

    A social crumbling and much more is only just starting. Things will get horrific to say the least.

    Anyway, Work is something people do to keep and feed each other as a family unit above all else. It is Gods way for us. Therefore all social unemployment statistics are a moot point if you trust in God and not man.

    The road ahead is is very rocky and the mountains higher than ever before.

    Employ yourself with scripture from the Holy Bible and you may just make it through this.

  • Josh

    It’s only going to get worse for job seekers:

    • Josh
    • mondobeyondo

      Gee, isn’t that a breath of fresh air!
      YIKES!!! Not good, not good.

  • Sailor Trash

    Longtime reader, infrequent poster. Love the articles!

    All I can say is, minimize, streamline, get small, and get off the grid. My wife and I live in our vehicle, a sailboat. Solar power, wind turbine, watermaker. We need almost no gasoline or diesel. Three years ago we had jobs, cars, a nice house; lost it all in ’09.

    Get rid of all the stuff you don’t absolutely need right now, and get a fair price or good trade before the pressure is on. Get small voluntarily before it’s all taken away. It can happen before you know it. Good luck.

    • Michael

      Yes, those are excellent pieces of advice.

      Now is definitely the time to streamline our lives. Those with less “baggage” will be more flexible in the times that are coming.



    TRUTH FROM A FEMINIST!!Why do you think TPTB wanted women to go to work in the first place? It generated even greater tax revenues… but hey, nobody minds that the rich patriarchs so many claim to despise were behind the women’s movement, right?

    With MOM out of the house, the influence over her children slowly began to erode, and with it, the nuclear family – by design, of course. It’s worked magnificently over the years for the diabolical powermongers at the root of it all. It has worked too well in their favor. Our families lose. We lose. Big Pharma wins. The banker wins. Psychopaths win.

    Women think they’re FREE now. What a joke. You’re not free if you’re feeding into an illusion. Big damn deal. We got the right to vote. So what? The vote is bogus. Rigged. It means Zip, nada, zero. but we’ve got the ‘right’ to pretend it means something and we’re engaging in something ‘important’. Yup, We’re now equal with men. We’re equally screwed. We’re equally ripped off. Equally deceived, equally oppressed. We’re slaves with richer slave-masters. We’ve traded the health and well-being and sanity of our selves and our families for the worthless promissory note that isn’t even valued as high as the paper it’s printed on. We’ve traded our own thoughts for THEIR thoughts, our minds for illusion.

    We’ve fought long and hard for all these so-called ‘rights’ for women all these years, and the powerful ‘women’ at the forefront of this so-called ‘movement’ in the beginning were working right along with those rich patriarchs they so claimed to despise, and wanted you to despise too. But it wasn’t just rich, powerful men they wanted you to hate. It was ALL men. And everybody calling themselves ‘woman’ burned their bras, marched off to work and left their kids alone with the TV… OH BOY. What great strides we’ve taken. Backwards.

    The TV has been a TREMENDOUS teacher. We blame everything wrong with our children upon everyone and everything else but ourselves. Where were we? Chasing the almighty worthless dollar. ‘Finding ourselves’ at the expense of all that used to matter. The 1% didn’t even give us a kiss. Gloria Steinem didn’t give us a kiss. Men don’t dare give us a kiss. Men don’t know WHAT to do anymore. If you want to thank Steinem for something, thank her for the enormous amount of bullshit she exhaled right up our collective ass. Hooray for us. Now we stink too.

    Have we found ourselves yet?

    But HEY. No worries. All that damage to our dysfunctional families and our mentally disordered french-fry chomping kids is so easily fixed with a growing assortment of expensive little pills. All kinds of colorful little pills to fix us and plenty of ‘experts’ to tell us how wonderful we’ll feel and how much we need them. How much our children need them. And the new and improved version of ‘woman’, the ‘enlightened modern-day’ mothers everywhere are scooping them up and making their kids eat this brain poison. We’re pimping our kids out as guinea pigs to Big Pharma. Eat your pill and fade into that quiet, compliant Stepford zombie, my little one. Mommy is too distracted by her panic attack to deal with you right now. Mommy needs a pill and a drink and a nap. Meanwhile, Big Pharma is laughing. Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. And the so-called leaders of the feminist Movement aren’t exactly screaming for us to STOP this. I don’t hear them making any noise at all. Are they eating these pills too?

    The bean counters are smiling. Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. and we must keep our kids on these pills for life, they say. Cha-ching, cha-ching. and WE need to get ourselves MORE pills too. Cha-ching, cha-ching. If you don’t like it, well then, enlightened modern-day woman, go out and… USE THAT VOTE and change it. Only problem is, that vote of yours never really changes anything for the better, does it? You’re not going to get the change you ‘vote’ for. You will get more ILLUSION. And your discontent will continue to grow, that uneasy, unsettled feeling in the pit of your gut that something is very OFF here, something is way wrong.

    • Kev

      Excellent post.Henry Makow has detailed the Rockefeller/Rothschild promotion and funding of ‘Womens’ Lib’.It had a two-fold effect,one,increased tax revenue and two,it fractured the family.Now,include the blurring of sexuality and you have a whole new ball-game.Both of which detract from the essential teachings of Christianity.The realisation of human potential.

    • Chris

      In addition the UN goes around the world to poorer African countries and claims that it wants to empower and educate women and girls preferentially. This is code for population reduction. The UN is obviously expecting that it can ‘educate’ African women in such a way that they will readily adopt western abortion technology and so limit population growth. Abortion as a method of population control is another thing that the feminists have been used for.

  • karen

    In the area I live the police are grouping togeather to form there own survival camp, many know what is to come because they have been given the info and don’t want any part of it. But you still have a few that don’t care, crowd control has been practiced here where I work so it’s real!!! Don’t think it is not, part of that huge order for ammo will go to the fish and game agency, there part of the goverment, because hunting and fishing wil be banned, hunting for deer in the Dpression was against the law and you went to a work camp if caught. Ask any commerical fisherman how serious it is to try to commerical fish and follow all the laws, they have been protesting here, and a game warden has more arresting power than a police officer.

    • Kev

      We have a system here in the UK called ‘allotments’.They are basically areas rented from local authorities set aside for folks to grow vegetables for their private consumption.They are being shut down.This will soon be the norm and any form of self-sufficiency will be outlawed.Our food supply is so very tightly regulated it is untrue.Do people wake up?

  • Tony

    The fact of the matter is that America is a joke to all other countries. There was a time when this country didn’t put up with all these illegal scumbags. Eisenhower, anybody?

    If we Americans were as strong as we claim to be then we’d grab these pieces-of-garbage illeggal Mexicans and kick their ass back to Meheeco.

    I don’t give a rat’s behind what anybody says. The fact is that: 1)Mexico and NAFTA are the ones to blame for all this trouble. 2) Polish immagrants (you know, the one’s that drive around waving their Polish flag on OUR Memorial Day!)…are just as bad as the Mexicans. There’s just too damn many. Why din’t their countries produce jobs? I for one do not believe that bullcrap that Americans don’t want jobs that involve restaurants or landscaping. That’s total bs!

    It’s called “CHEAP LABOR”…plain and simple! There should be laws that stae ONLY legal US citizens can hold a job in the US or you (the company) get your ass fined!

    Hey, you wanna come into the US illegally? Sure, no problem, BUT you’re going to the Army for 5 years first…THEN you can apply for citizenship.

  • Wids

    I’m old enough to remember how America used to be. From an outsiders point of view, your country is going down the drain fast, steered by idiot politicians completely blind of reality. Just so you don’t feel alone, the rest of the world is following. Hmm, how politics destroys economics, and we let them do it. Debt debt debt, we drown in debt and continues to grow larger and larger. NEVER EVER trust governments

  • Ivan

    I know its not what people want to hear, but who we elect will make very little difference to this. Globalization of labour was the final solution to the struggle between labour and corporations and they won.

    The only thing we get from both parties is vague statements about cutting their taxes more, and hoping to placate their bank overlords.
    if people think promises of tax breaks and de-regulation will bring jobs back from china, then congratulations: you live with the government you deserve. Hope you can feed a family on a dollar a day.

    The democrats wont bring back any jobs because they have no intentions of representing you.

    The republicans wont bring back any jobs because they have no intentions of representing you.

    People give up and hope our benevolent corporate overlords will make it better instead of citizens ruling themselves.

  • Alasha

    First of all thank you Jehovah God for my job. I was out of work for many years and it is like a meat grinder out there when you are looking. Long term unemployment is a death spiral – one gets cynical and future employers ask “why have you been out of work so long” and hold it against you incredibly! You then get more cynical and cryptic and it goes on and on. Anyone looking for work (not at half your normal pay where you can not even pay your bills) I pray you find a way to live in this tough economy.

    • Michael

      It is good to hear a good story like that Alasha. 🙂

      Even in the midst of this bad economy God can find jobs for His people.


  • a lot more trouble coming

    For those of you who are carefully watching what is really going on in the economy you already know quite well how bad things really are.

    The ugly truth of just how grave the unemployment picture really is, and it is becoming more obvious day by day, week by week, month by month.

    As you can well see there is no recovery, never really has been and the layoffs, plant closings just keep on coming, even in our Churches so no one is safe from layoffs.

    We all better start to take heed and realize just how bad the unemployment picture really is.

    Our elected leaders can not go on pretending that it’s just “not that bad.”
    Because it is that bad, it’s really bad.

    Here are just a few more recently released news articles;

    Some area churches turn to layoffs as donations decline
    Updated 9:52 AM Monday, April 9, 2012

    Unionized workers protest Cuomo administration bed closures, layoffs at Bronx Psychiatric Center
    Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 6:00 AM

    Sega to Cancel Games, Layoff Employees
    March 30, 2012 01:32PM

    Poteau plant to shut down; 230 will lose jobs
    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    160 to lose their jobs in Moonachie
    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    IBM layoffs are deeply troubling Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:35

    Experts warn of huge job cuts in telecom sector Publication Date 9 April 2012

    Of course some of these articles are published in not so well known newspapers around the country and the world, but the reality is that layoffs are here to stay and part of a permanent structural change due to changing technology and careless spending and over regulation by our government leaders and more layoffs are coming.

    Be prudent with your spending, your savings, no one is immune from job loss, no job sector is ever safe.

    Not even in our Churches!

    • mondobeyondo

      Gotta love this jobless recovery, eh?!

      I was laid off from my printing job about a week before Michael Jackson died, so that’s how long I’ve been looking.

      • DownWithLibs

        And you KNOW that the current admin. isn’t telling us the REAL unemployment numbers. Just not good.

  • Ron

    As America burns, Obama, congress, and the msm fiddles.

  • Paul M

    Below is an article about China. Michael, thanks for writing the informative article.

  • erheault

    you complain but keep reelecting the trash that is destroying the nation, political partys exist for only one thing power over the sheeple and large money donations for favors when in office.
    never reelect no one they do their term and return to live under the laws they have passed, this would halt a lot of the graft and theft that had been allowed to occur.

  • NickelthroweR


    One thing that needs to be looked at is the Underground Economy. I live in S. California and I would venture to guess that about 1/3rd of the economy out here is underground. I’m also willing to guess that the reason is that the cost of living out here is so high that if people actually recorded their incomes and paid taxes then they would be forced to leave the state and move somewhere less expensive to live.

    Seriously, you know it is bad when even the fast food joints refuse to take anything but cash. Come to think of it, most of the businesses I deal with only take cash and they do not offer receipts.

    These 80+ million people are not sitting at the beach relaxing but have moved from the formal economy to the informal economy – at least the smart ones anyway.

    Finally, just like Prohibition which forced law abiding citizens to become criminals in order to have a drink, the hundreds of thousands of pages of federal, state and local code have forced many – especially the young, off of the grid.

  • Billy

    Fear not my friends! The economy will soon be flooded with jobs. You see, when the real I.D. act comes in to full play, and we see the confirmation of the covenant take place over the temple mount,(which is scheduled to take place by December of this year), you will see a great public figure take his position over the world government. This “World Leader” will require every citizen to give allegiance to this world government in order to hold a job, or receive any federal benefits. The informed Christian knows that this allegiance is eternally condemning and will not accept it. Therefore, every Christian will then be removed from the workforce and removed from any and all public assistance. This will be a great day for all of the non-Christians, because the shape of the American economy will flourish!!! But woe, woe, woe to those of you who enjoy this period of 7 years of plenty because bad times are in store for you. People, please read your Bible. This has all be prophesied. Those of you who think this is all foolishness, read this:For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.1 Corinthians 1:18

  • wisefool

    Great replies in here. Web mod, do yourself a favor. Don’t ever link the comment section to facebook, the stoopidity and ignorance that come from there is amazing.

  • Snoopy_The_Economist

    The math is not obvious to me. How does this 5% drop relate to 23% unemployment?

  • Charles

    My job goes away on 27 Apr. I am lucky since I am old enough to retire anyway. But one thing that has changed over the years was where I shop. When Sam Walton was alive I shopped at Wal Mart all the time. Probably 75% of what I spent on everything was a WalMart. Buy American had meaning to me. Now? 0% of what I buy is from Wal Mart.

  • pete

    I experienced those post bubble phenoms with employment picking up after surviving three major busts in my line of work (oil and gas).

    Then, we decided to no charge back in and become born again revitalized consumers. We kept living at bust conditions when the economy improved and converted all surplus revenue to gold and silver bullion.

    It was clear to us that the booms and busts would continue and stopped trying to acclimatize ourselves to the booms and then survive the busts.

    How did we become so wise and brazenly intelligent? Simple…neither of went to college and both of us decided to take control of our situation.

    Here’s the key. Ever so often they let you rack up a pile of junk and debts, then they pull out the rods and drop you into the boiling grease.

    If you don’t want to be a victim of the games and game masters…then just don’t play. Everyone does not deserve a great job, a fabulous car and a huge McMansion.

  • Kudos Economic Collapse: Excellent feature.

    It’s there for even the most casual observer on the Dep’t of Labor’s G-6 monthly statistics

    Should great leader get another 4 years we will all be starving and freezing in the dark waiting for our windmills to turnaround.

    Dare to prepare.

    Right on Economic Collapse – WRITE ON!


    P.S.: “May you live in interesting times.” Ancient Chinese curse.

  • karen

    Russia Is Massing Troops On Iran’s Northern Border And Waiting For A Western Attack
    F. Michael Maloof|April 09, 2012

    Read more: 09/news/31311454_1_russian-defense-ministry-military-action-dmitry-rogozin#ixzz1rfXC50fV VERY SERIOUS STUFF HERE FOLKS… WON’T BE LONG TO WORLD WAR 3

  • karen

    You’ll have to go to the web and look this up, it won’t come-in when you click on businessinsider.

    • Tim Z. (a.k.a. Tim)

      Try this link: “” to “Russia massing troops near northern Iranian border?”

      • Kev

        The demonisation of Iran is well under way.They did it to Iraq before and if you look back through history, to Germany before WW1.There will be an attack before the year is out and then they will implement a Rothschild central bank,a puppet government and start resource stripping.The big difference here is this one will involve mushroom clouds.
        Instant solution to overpopulation,mass unemployment,economic meltdown and growing awakening to what is being done to this generation.

  • Piglet

    Even if the US did not import any oil, nothing would change. Far more important to our Glorious Rulers is controlling the flow of oil to others, which gives them control over their economies. This means the US will continue to garrison the world, attacking this or that country for its resources and strategic location, for the benefit of our American royalty while We the Peasantry foot the bill.
    [IMHO the US is wasting far too much money on guns and ammunition and bombs and diesel and gas for the army and navy to protect oil coming to America.]

  • Jeff

    Michael, I once heard that if the US were to introduce a federal tax, then the national debt would melt away. I am skeptical of this ‘easy’ solution, if not just for the political unpopularity of it. what do you think? thanks.

    • Michael

      I think that you should be very skeptical of anyone that wants to add new taxes on top of what we already have.


  • Joel

    Hi Michael,
    your article and lots of the comments here made me think about a book which was written by a Former English General. The title of the book his : The Fate Of Empire by Sir John Glubb Pascha.

    It led to inspire a writer Eric Snow to make a link with America’s Hisotyr nowadays.

    In a sense it seems to be confirmed again with the cycle US are going through today.

    Another article by Eric Snow.
    The Life Cycles of Empires: Lessons for America Today?

    Excerpt :
    “Perceptive historians recognize that great powers go through a cycle of growth, stability, maturity and decline. Where is America in this cycle? Will we learn from the lessons of history?”

    “Sir John Bagot Glubb (1897-1987), a highly honored British general and historian better known as Glubb Pasha, wrote about the collapsed empires of the past. In his 1978 book The Fate of Empires and the Search for Survival, he described a common pattern fitting the history of some fallen empires. They went through a cycle of stages as they started, expanded, matured, declined and collapsed.
    Does the pattern apply to America today? Has the United States entered this cycle’s ending stages? If so, shouldn’t Americans critically examine the current state of their culture to see what could be done to prevent the same grim fate?
    By knowing history better, we can better project our likely national futures. As the great British Prime Minister and noted historian Winston Churchill observed, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
    Seven steps in the life cycles of great powers
    Glubb Pasha learned that different empires had similar cultural changes while experiencing a life cycle in a series of stages that could overlap. He generalized about empires having seven stages of development, identifying these successive ages as follows:
    1. The age of outburst (or pioneers).
    2. The age of conquests.
    3. The age of commerce.
    4. The age of affluence.
    5. The age of intellect.
    6. The age of decadence.
    7. The age of decline and collapse.

    Each stage helps progression to the next as the values of the people change over time. Military, political, economic and religious developments all influence an empire’s people to act and believe differently over time.”

    I’m a real believer in repeating pattern in History – if a nation, kingdom or empire does not head the lessons of the past. My fear is that the USA (or their leaders whoever they are) are not caring enough about what the past has to say about the life cycle of a great nation like the USA (an Empire really which doesn’t like this title – yet that is exactly what America is an Empire with the good and bad consequences it can bring to it).

    Maybe it’s worth looking in that book of Sir John Glubb Pacha to have an idea.

    Anyway, a good article as usual 🙂


    • Tom

      Nice post. Sadly, real history has been obfuscated in the US so that most people don’t know/care/understand the circular nature of history. It’s much easier to control an entertained and uninformed populance that is morally and virtuously stunted, and without honor or respect for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness(i.e. property).
      I believe that we are currently on the percipice of The age of decline and collapse after living in the age of decadence brought about by completely decoupling our currency from a gold and silver standard, which let the fiat currency printing presses run free.

  • MisterD

    Hmm…. while the vast majority says all is well now, the facts obviously say otherwise.

  • sistrunkqueen

    Wow !This is so serious and it is getting so much worse. I am actively looking for work since my return from overseas and I haven’t gotten anything as of yet. I am also looking overseas too. I don’t think there is very much here in Atlanta. What is your economic outlook on Atlanta and the Southeast? I would like to see more information about us in the South. The mayor of Atlanta went to Nanjing ,China to help get some jobs for us and push to expand the Savannah River for more import/export trading in the Southeast. That may help some folk in the distant future, but to no avail now. I remember about 2-3 years ago he went to France to get some jobs, but I don’t know what happened there. We need some new leadership in this neck of the woods,

  • Phil

    People NEED to quit drinking the Obama Koolaide.
    Its Bad REALLY Bad…

  • D

    How many people seek alternative news? It’s got to be less than 0.1% – just guessing here.

    And most of the time people think it’s all conspiracy and don’t read past a paragraph.

    What do you all think?

    • Peter H.

      its actually a lot higher. the % of people 18 to 45 who get the news from alt media is about 20%. but alot of A.m doesn’t base stuff on fact most if it is opinion. nobody except a few outlets cover the real issues.

  • Tom

    Kudos to you for pointing out the real chart that people ought to be viewing to determine the state of employment in our country. This is an article that I will bookmark to reference when I need to respond to family and friends who don’t put in the time and/or energy to try and understand why the current “recovery” doesn’t feel like a recovery.
    Informed people understand that current unemployment numbers are falling due to changes in the formulas used to determine what is considered unemployed. If the use of the chart you reference gains traction as a tool to point out the fallacy of current unemployment statistics, I can see the political establishment adjusting who is considered “working age Americans that actually have jobs” to include a less inclusive cross section of the populance, making the statistics look better.

    • Paul

      Actually, the graph is misleading. This is a graph of employment as a percentage of TOTAL population. This graph is including senior citizens and children. A better representation can be found at the website and view total non-farm employment seasonally adjusted. This gives a better picture of the current employment status which tells you just how many people have a job. The drop in employment is very similar but also shows the recent gains we have made where this graph does not. Not that I am at all arguing for or against the article. Just saying that the graph is somewhat misleading.

  • Portals

    The graph you have up Micheal is nowhere near accurate. It is from derived from fraudulent government figures. The true unemployment numbers are so skewed that it’s pathetic. 20,000 jobs created, 100,000 are thrown off the unemployment rolls because benefits run out. Losing your UI benefits is like a death sentence to the Federal Government, as, statistically, you no longer exist as a human being who wants to work but can’t find a job.

    This has been going on for months now, but the government has kept it low key to keep the sheeple in the dark about the true state of our economy. WE NEVER LEFT THE RECESSION, regardless of what the Fed or Treasury department tells us.

  • Todd Huinker

    I have zero idea how hard it was to pull all that info together for the charts BUT it would be extremely interesting to see what those numbers would look like going all the way back to the Reagan years to present.

    Thank you very much. I really like what you did nevertheless!

  • L.Overduin

    Revelation 18 is a description about what will
    happen to the USA. It is not the enemy from outside but “God hath remembered her iniquities.”
    Luke 17:26-32

    • V

      This is probably closer to the truth if you want to refer to biblical things:
      “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.a 6You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.”

  • Mad Max

    It’s all lies. You can’t fix the unemployment problem by conventional means anymore. The politicians and government are lying. And until we fix the unemployment problem everything else will continue to go down hill. Don’t take my word for it. Read “Death by Technology” by Dan Thomas


    OsiXs (Revolution 2.0)

  • ICE

    Tank you for the information on the true numbers. Have been needing them for some time.

  • M

    Abbott needs to be added to the list with their layoff numbers. I’ve worked at the same company for 25+ years with Abbott picking us up in 2006. At the time of the purchase, we had over 5,000 employees on our one site. Since then, we’ve had RIF after RIF with 3 more scheduled between now and August. All manufacturing is being shipped overseas to Ireland and Costa Rica and they are now recommending that the people that are left learn to speak Mandarin. According to their plans, we will have 1,500 or less left on site when the RIFs are all said and done. Abbott develops nothing. They purchase all of their technology, drain the companies dry, then kick them to the curb. This is how Miles White manages to stay on the Forbes list of top CEOs. It’s beyond disgusting.

  • Stacey

    If homeless Bill really wants a rich woman, he should consider a hair cut and a shave.

    Just sayin

    • Michael

      That made me smile. 🙂


  • peter

    As a Californian, I can tell you that the employment picture in this state is disastrous, especially in the private sector. Public sector (because they vote Democrat and bankroll that party), they’re largely safe. But the state can’t employ everyone. The TRUE unemployment rate in this state is at Great Depression levels. But you wont’ hear Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, Waxman, Waters, and Jerry admitting that. Instead they want to drive away even MORE jobs.

  • Sherlock

    The best solution is the introduction of a carbon tax at a low rate that increases each year combined with an increase in taxation of the rich and a reduction in middle class welfare. Australia is doing all three with the carbon tax, minerals profits tax which targets the mining boom and changes in the next federal budget to bring about a balanced budget.

  • Mark

    Excellent article, but for clarification: The 1200 layoffs at Ford are TEMPORARY, while the assembly plant is retooled to build Transit vans, currently made in Europe.
    The 2000 layoffs at PPG are mostly jobs in Europe, NOT American jobs.
    I know these aren’t hugely significant, but adding these misleading stats to your article makes the credibility of the rest of the data questionable.

  • LarryH

    Wait until the US Post Office starts laying off – it’s a long time coming, and I bet Obama will do everything in his power to delay this and keep it quiet until after the election. State and local gov’ts are bleeding money. School systems are hurting. Real estate construction is hurting. F500 are looking for every way to reduce their US workforce.

    So what industry sector is doing well???

  • V

    It is dreadful what is going on in the job market. All I have seen is the politicians drive sharp political division within the nation making people cling to ‘candidates’ in their respective parties pointing to the “other party” as the culprit. Then the only ‘candidates’ that get elected are more globalists who maintain the status quo of crippling trade and economic policies. We’ve had 18 years straight of “globalization” and it has been an unmitigated disaster.

    • Peter H.

      we cant complain about globalization and support the free-market system. we rely on infinite growth so glob was inevitable. what we are witnessing in our economy is a new stage in capitalism the good days are over. when we support a system that puts profit above all else. it will eventually do more damage then good. its a house of cards. i truly believe in my life time we will see it fail. like the soviet union did in the 90s.

  • John Hinton

    “Out of the top 10% of the richest people in America, 1% of that is richer than the middle class and lower class combined” History does repeat it’s self, especially in past democratic nations” “look where they are, we soon will head”.

  • Blingo88

    What does it mean exactly to “Leave the workforce”? Does it mean that an american worker has stopped getting unemployment benefits? How does the government decide if someone has left the workforce and stopped looking for a job. How come we don’t count the number of americans who have “left the workforce”. Unemployment statistics have to be one of the biggest coverups in the history of the US. If the government counts the number of people receiving unemployment benefits to calculate the unemployment rate, then when the government extends unemployment benefits, shouldn’t the unemployment rate go up? How come the rate stayed the same or went down when the number of people receiving unemployment benefits went up. ????? Sounds fishy to me. I’m assuming its the people who have “left the workforce” that they’re building the new prisions and detention camps for.

  • Steve

    Job destruction has been going on since the 1960’s. Since 1968, 60 MILLION U.S. jobs have been destroyed. When 60 million U.S. jobs are destroyed over a 40 year period it means one thing – PERMANENT JOB DESTRUCTION. What jobs remain pay slave wages. And guess what? – in the next 80 years ONE HUNDRED MILLION U.S. jobs are going to be automated, i.e. destroyed. It’s gonna be ROAD WARRIOR, THE RUNNING MAN and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK combined!!!!

  • Robert

    Ok guys and poeple. The thing is ((what are you talking about)). so you have old people not working to in a chart. who feeds off of them? who pays for them? You call it retirement. i call it unemployment. I know way too many people living OFF old peoples benifits. thats right. NOTHING IS FREE. YOUR RETIREMENT IS PAY BY UNEMPLOYMENT PEOPLE.End all retirement. End our economic crash.

  • Dan

    With folks out of work, out of extended benefits and now out of site out of mind as it pertains to the unemployment numbers. This administration uses this absence of tracking the numbers of the unemployed as a political positive. When you look up the definition of the word denial it reads “see Obama”.

    Pretending the economy is improving but then tries to convince us those that pay most of the taxes need to pay more. How can anyone see that as an improving economy. You should ask yourself do you want a job or make the successful pay more, because you can’t have both.

  • Peter H.

    To everybody. i always hear/read people talking about what we can do to create jobs. help stabilize the unemployment.(which is about 21% in the US. the loss of jobs is a symptom of a greater problem. we live in an outdated system. capitalism is coming to a close people. the sooner we as a species realize that the better we will be.
    now you free market fanatics who claim it the greatest economic system. ill agree but ask yourself one ? and tell me we cant do much better. “How sustainable is a system that relies on infinite growth on a finite planet?” let me explain when a country’s economy isn’t growing it goes into a recession right? therefore to keep unemployment down we must always grow. well nothing can gow forever. so we built this deck of cards that will boom then bust over and over again but eventually we will use up the earths resources to the point were growth is impossible.the unemployment in the short term is only going to get worse for 3 reasons
    1) mechanization- the technology we are developing is surpassing an outdated system.
    2) debt- large numbers of country’s are in debt,and to help balance the budget they will cut. the first to go will be social safety nets and government employees.
    3) globalization-. as more and more undeveloped countries offer to do labor for cheep, corporations will continue to higher those workers.
    check out a recourse biased economy and tell me it doesn’t not only sound much more sustainable but easily feasible. if we put the politics,special interests, most of all “profits” aside. use or technology/resources wisely,and give up on this pathetic of a system that has put profits above all else. causing our human potential to be cut off at the knees.

  • Scotty

    I am of Chinese background.

    I have lived in both Asia and I went to junior high school there. My grandfather escaped from China to Taiwan when he was only five years old. I was brought up with a fair dose of Chinese culture, even though most of my life has been spent in Eastern Canada and even worked in the US before.

    There is a key difference between the West and China right now is I know in America and Canada we all want to enjoy ourselves. How many students or newly married couples are knee deep in student loans, mortgages under water, credit card debt? Yet, to keep up with the Jones’s we take that annual vacation to Vegas to play craps and go “girls gone wild” at Daytona Beach. In China as in America and Canada we all work hard. Yet there is a key difference. In America and Canada: We work hard and we play hard. We spend all the money that we make on the newest gadgets iPhone 5 and iPads. In china, they work hard and they hardly play. Ironically, it is China that has the Protestant work ethic. They work 12 hour days, take rigorous classes in mathematics and engineering, save, invest, and plan for the future. I see American and Canadian kids taking psychology, liberal arts, and theology because they have been told to “follow their hearts”. Then, they complain once they graduate from university that they can’t find jobs. I work for Citibank and they outsource thousands of high paying jobs to India at a company called Wipro. Why can’t they hire Americans? Well, they don’t have the skills because they studied “Environmental studies” or “Women’s studies” in university and the ones that do have the skills are already making $150k per annum at Facebook or Google.

    Kids in America and Canada – wake up. Anyone have any comments write me

  • jeefray

    Stop buying goods that are not made in America. Demand that the tax code be rewritten to not benefit American Corporations that off shore American Jobs. How do you expect to solve unemployment when all you have are college students with MBA’s and an untrained workforce? This didn’t happen overnight and it won’t be fixed overnight. Quit spending your money and banking with people that take more than they give.

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