Actual US Unemployment Is 15.8*–Wash. Times

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I wrote a post the other day called The Real Unemployment Numbers (it was a rattlesnake of a post, I suggest reading every last word of it), and I basically said that the unemployment numbers are a sham because the government isn’t taking into consideration a plethora of other factors when determining the real number–which is alot higher than the 8.9% they say it is. Anyhow, The Washington Post had an interesting article today  saying basically the same thing I said (but with better grammar and less spelling mistakes):

The total number of Americans who are not working full-time but ought to be is actually about 22 million, or 15.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Who are those other 8.3 million Americans? Call them the unofficially unemployed.

As The Ticker points out each time the Bureau releases the monthly unemployment figure, it does not include many out-of-work Americans.

The problem with this methodology is that it does not include millions of Americans who are not working full-time who ought to be. Those, in the bureau’s words, who are “marginally attached to the labor force.”

Those numbered an additional 2.1 million Americans in the first quarter of this year, the bureau said. Alarmingly, that number was up 35 percent from the first quarter of 2008.

Of this number, the bureau categorized 717,000 as “discouraged” workers, or those that have simply given up looking for work for any number of reasons. That number was up 70 percent from the first quarter of 2008.

“Discouraged” workers include a disproportionate number of young people, blacks, Hispanics and men, the bureau said.

On top of all of this, add an additional 3.6 million unemployed Americans who say they want a job but have not looked for work in the past 12 months.

The remaining 2.6 million or so officially unemployed Americans include part-time workers who would prefer to have full-time jobs, those who have not looked for work because of illness or transportation reasons and those who believe they have other impediments.

But even though these workers don’t count toward the official monthly unemployment number, they are nevertheless a true weight on the economy.

And as I mentioned before, they also don’t filter in the scumbags who are serving time–that’s another 2-3 million, and, they don’t include anyone working part-time (even if you work 1 hour a week, they consider you employed).

Let’s say there are 2 million in jail and 6 million Americans working part time. That’s about 4-5 % of the workforce. So, that 15.8% the Washington Times talks about? Yup, it’s probably closer to 20%.

And not to beat a dead horse, but think of all the government workers that produce nothing but a paycheque. There’s got to be 20 million Americans working for some level of government–that’s another 12-14% of the workforce.

And here’s a MENSA question to end the post off with: If 20% of Americans aren’t working, and 12% more Americans *work* for the government and don’t actually produce anything, and another 180 million Americans are too young or too old to work, how long will it take the remaining 91 million American workers to pay off Obama’s 12 trillion dollar debt when they are being taxed over 40% on every dollar.

6 Responses to “Actual US Unemployment Is 15.8*–Wash. Times”

  1. Two Dogs Says:

    By the way, check your links in this post, they are FUCKTARDED. It looks like I did them.

  2. dinosaur Says:

    What I like in Canada is how if you get laid off in a province without the defeatist attitude of Cape Breton you have to work more weeks to get UI.

    If you are out of university and worked 18 weeks in Manitoba you do not count. But in St John you would be officially living off the avails of society. That’s just not fair!

    “but think of all the government workers that produce nothing but a paycheque.”
    This is way out of line they produce,… service. It reminds me of a commie relative who loved service, who adored government service, then finally got fed up with taxes and moved away. Personally I think people like that aught to be manacled and pay for the rest of their hellspawn given lives.

  3. nancy Says:

    Since Jan., my husband has had to lay off 20 employees.
    Every cut was hard, hard, hard.
    And last week the unemployment roll added another.
    One of our drivers went missing twice last week.
    The first time he said he had to see an attorney bla,bla,bla…fine but, wouldn’t be paid for the 2 hours gone.
    The second time, the foreman went searching the routes between our construction sites, and found the truck parked with the driver and a prostitute inside.
    Fired without a sweat.

  4. Marginalized Action Dinosaur » a MENSA question Says:

    [...] Fri 15 May 2009 a MENSA question Posted by dinosaur under Dems , Finance  And here’s a MENSA question to end the post off with: If 20% of Americans aren’t working, and 12% more Americans *work* for the government and don’t actually produce anything, and another 180 million Americans are too young or too old to work, how long will it take the remaining 91 million American workers to pay off Obama’s 12 trillion dollar debt when they are being taxed over 40% on every dollar.mitchieville.com [...]

  5. OMMAG Says:

    Hmmmmm… You should consider the people who should not be working but because of the shitty economy andt the fact they’re also being raped by the tax man …. must work..

    I want my free ride .. I’ve earned it.

  6. Mitchieville » Blog Archive » Obama Is A Job Creating Machine Says:

    [...] those 1000 government jobs to the other 66,000 government jobs the Owebama administration created in April, then take into account the government jobs he’s created  since he’s been in office [...]

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