The Real Unemployment Numbers


I read with interest last week as non-biased news organizations such as Yahoo reported that jobless claims plunged  to the lowest level in fourteen weeks.

Forecasters expected 620,000 jobs to be shed but were encouraged to find only 539,000 were lost. The stock market responded in kind with a 200 point rally, while Obama laughed at a joke that Conservatives should be tortured and mutilated in State death camps.

I also heard from every last msm outlet that the recession is easing and that plunging  jobless claims are yet another indicator that steady growth is just around the corner.

While *experts* from the media were whistling Dixie out their bumholes, claiming that 80k less jobs lost is a reason to celebrate, dug down in a few articles was this tidbit of information:

66,000 new jobs this month were federal workers for the census bureau.

In other words, everything is just as bad as was thought, but now there are 66000 new workers sucking from the government (read-taxpayer) teet.

This trend is sure to continue, as the Feds are ramping up for this years census:

Apparently nearly 1.5 million people will be doing this work in the coming year.

The U.S. Census Bureau began hiring 140,000 temporary workers last month to start conducting the population count that happens once every 10 years. It will hire more than 1.4 million people over the next year.

539,000 jobs were lost … excluding 66,000 census workers added, in a normal time this would of been well over 600,000 of losses. Previous months were revised downward to show another 66,000 of losses. As always we continue to create jobs in healthcare which is only adding to our massive Medicare obligations. Healthcare and government – America’s two persistant job drivers.

 At this point it’s good to keep in mind that the government considers anyone working as little as 1 hour a week as *employed*. The government also claims that over 29 million Americans between the ages of 18-65 are *not in the work force*, and are not counted as unemployed. Plus, the government doesn’t include the 2 million people in jail in employment numbers either.

Basically what I’m saying is that the employment numbers are a joke and not a real reflection of the true state of the Union. If there was any truth about employment numbers, I’m sure it would be hovering around the 20% mark.

If that isn’t bad enough, look at how many non-producing, tax-spending government workers there are throughout all the various levels of government.

Really what this all comes down to is that the msm claims the employment numbers plunged, but fail to mention it was done on the back of government-created-jobs. If the government created 2 million state jobs tomorrow, I’m sure the msm would run with the headline on Thursday, “Obama Decimates Unemployment, America Healed”.

9 Responses to “The Real Unemployment Numbers”

  1. dinosaur Says:

    Employment grew by 36,000 in April, the result of an increase in self-employment. Despite this increase, overall employment has fallen by 321,000 since the peak in October 2008. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.0% in April, remaining at its highest level in seven years, with the growth in employment coinciding with an increase in the labour force.

    I like the Canadian ones changed based on self employment, well so they say.

  2. dinosaur Says:

  3. The Mayor Says:

    Self-employment usually indicates people that have lost their jobs and now work independantly doing not much of anything–or so I was told.

  4. dmorris Says:

    Governments are masters of translating statistics to make themselves look good. “Unemployed” numbers in Canada have always included only those who are on Unemployment Insurance, this fact was dug out by the news media over twenty years ago.

    “Self-employed” in many cases is used as a euphemism for “not doing anything” just like welfare recipients of a certain bent call themselves “artists”, and while many self-employed people are legitimately just that, many of the artists seem to wait their entire life to find that patron of the arts that is going to display their genius to the world.

    In the construction industry, for instance, many of the trades people are self employed, as the big general contractors laid off their entire trades contingent, and became superintendents only. A good percentage of the tradesmen started their own companies, many are just one man companies, rather than search for another employer to get them back on the hire/seasonal layoff merry go round.

    Human Resources Development Canada, or whatever they call themselves now, offers business training for laid off people who want to start their own business. I’ve seen many cases of viable businesses started from this program. Some critics say these programs are useless, but anyone who is willing to work hard at their business can make a success of it if they apply the lessons learned in the HRDC courses.

    I know of quite a few companies here in the Okanagan who got their start at HRDC and are now viable companies, employing people, including my accountant.

    Whatever press releases the government issues, rest assured the story will be spun in favour of the government. My mother says that all during the Great Depression, the government issued statements to the papers every week that “Recovery is just around the corner”.

    As she ruefully said, “the corner just happened to be ten years down the block”.

  5. The Mayor Says:

    Funny you mentioned that HRDC thingie. One of the many ex wives I have told me the other day that the hrdc are going to put her through a course to be a social worker. My ex was working for GM and was laid off nearly a year ago.

    The HRDC is paying for the course–$26K a year, paying her $413.00 a week for two years (the length of the course), and then placing her in a job–at $18 an hour when the course is done.

    Because we need more social workers/gov’t employees.

    She’s considered employed because she’s officially on the gov’t dole. That’s a job, you see.

    BTW–as a footnote, she always votes NDP because they protect jobs.

  6. Rocky Says:

    Great piece, Mr. Mayor. Now that the US Census is under the auspices of the White House, instead of the Commerce Department where it always was, we might get to see some greater fudging of numbers, not just in who’s getting hired to conduct the census but how the new congressional districts will be drawn up. ACORN is about to get some lucrative hires, I’ll bet.

  7. dmorris Says:

    Well, Mayor, now you have an idea of where some of that billion HRDC bucks went when Jane Stewart was in charge.

    Can’t say I agree with the training for the Ex, but the small business startup program has worked for a lot of people I know.

    Maybe you should just pay her more alimony, then she won’t have to work at all! ;-) (insert asshole comment smiley here!)

  8. The Mayor Says:

    Blood, meet stone.

    I know two people that went through a small business training set-up in Ontario. Both run successful businesses, it really seeemed to have made a diffence.

    To get $$$ for the small business set-up, the potential owner has to jump through a lot of hoops. Which is good, actually.

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