Tuesday, July 8, 2014

USA True Unemployment Is 23.1% - Almost Four Times the Official Rate (Includes Uncounted Unemployed Still Looking/Hoping)

What happened to the way the unemployment rate was calculated historically is a topic worth an essay to itself.

I've even written a few myself previously dealing with this private tragedy, but the implications of what it did to the official unemployment number and why is what we have to deal with today in the USA as our government places all its focus on taking over the resources of foreign countries in order to enrich those powerful individuals who already control the resources that are getting so scarce and expensive for those terminally un- or under-employed at the bottom of that very wealthy USA pyramid.

John Williams concludes that in current BLS reporting, “the aggregate average overstatement of employment change easily exceeds 200,000 jobs per month.”

In other words, the economy did not gain 288,000 new jobs last month. But let’s assume the economy did gain 288,000 jobs and exam where the claimed jobs are reported to be.

Of the alleged 288,000 new jobs, 16,000, or 5.5 percent are in manufacturing, which is not very promising for engineers and blue collar workers. Growth in goods producing jobs has almost disappeared from the US economy. As explained below, to alter this problem the government is going to change definitions in order to artificially inflate manufacturing jobs.

In June private services account for 82 percent of the supposed new jobs. The jobs are found mainly in non-tradable domestic services that pay little and cannot be exported to help to close the large US trade deficit.

Wholesale and retail trade account for 55,300 jobs. Do you believe sales are this strong when retailers are closing stores and when shopping malls are closing?

Insurance (most likely the paperwork of Obamacare) contributed 8,500 jobs.

As so few can purchase homes, “real estate rental and leasing” contributed 8,500 jobs.

Professional and business services contributed 67,000 jobs, but 57% of these jobs were in employment services, temporary help services, and services to buildings and dwellings.

That old standby, education and health services, accounted for 33,700 jobs consisting mainly of ambulatory health care services jobs and social assistance jobs of which three-quarters are in child day care services.

The other old standby, waitresses and bartenders, gave us 32,800 jobs, and amusements, gambling, and recreation gave us 3,500 jobs.

Local government, principally education, gave us 22,000 jobs.

So, where are the jobs for university graduates? They are practically non-existent. Think of all the MBAs, but June had only 2,300 jobs for management of companies and enterprises.

Think of the struggle to get into law and medical schools. There’s no job payoff. June had jobs for 1,200 in legal services, which includes receptionists and para-legals. Where are all the law school graduates finding jobs?

Professor Paul Craig Roberts explains how the fake figure was derived:

Washington can’t stop lying. Don’t be convinced by last Thursday’s job report that it is your fault if you don’t have a job. Those 288,000 jobs and 6.1% unemployment rate are more fiction than reality.

In his analysis of the June Labor Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, John Williams (www.ShadowStats.com) wrote that the 288,000 June jobs and 6.1% unemployment rate are “far removed from common experience and underlying reality.” Payrolls were overstated by “massive, hidden shifts in seasonal adjustments,” and the Birth-Death model added the usual phantom jobs.

Williams reports that “the seasonal factors are changed each and every month as part of the concurrent seasonal-adjustment process, which is tantamount to a fraud,” as the changes in the seasonal factors can inflate the jobs number. While the headline numbers always are on a new basis, the prior reporting is not revised so as to be consistent.

The monthly unemployment rates are not comparable, so one doesn’t know whether the official U.3 rate (the headline rate that the financial press reports) went up or down. Moreover, the rate does not count discouraged workers who, unable to find a job, cease looking. To be counted among the U.3 unemployed, the person must have actively looked for work during the four weeks prior to the survey. The U.3 rate automatically declines as people who have been unable to find jobs cease trying to find one and thereby cease to be counted as unemployed.

There is a second official measure of unemployment that includes people who have been discouraged for less than one year. That rate, known as U.6, is seldom reported and is double the 6.1% rate.

Since 1994 there has been no official measure than includes discouraged people who have not looked for a job for more than a year. Including all discouraged workers produces an unemployment rate that currently stands at 23.1%, almost four times the rate that the financial press reports.

What you can take away from this is the opposite of what the presstitute media would have you believe. The measured rate of unemployment can decline simply because large numbers of the unemployed become discouraged workers, cease looking for work, and cease to be counted in the U.3 and U.6 measures of the unemployment rate.

The decline in the employment-population ratio from 63% prior to the 2008 downturn to 59% today reflects the growth in discouraged workers. Indeed, the ratio has not recovered its previous level during the alleged recovery, an indication that the recovery is an illusion created by the understated measure of inflation that is used to deflate nominal GDP growth.

Another indication that there has been no recovery is that Sentier Research’s index of real median household income continued to decline for two years after the alleged recovery began in June 2009. There has been a slight upturn in real median household income since June 2011, but income remains far below the pre-recession level.

The Birth-Death model adds an average of 62,000 jobs to the reported payroll jobs numbers each month. This arbitrary boost to the payroll jobs numbers is in addition to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ underlying assumption that unreported jobs lost to business failures are matched by unreported new jobs from new business startups, an assumption that does not well fit an economy that fell into recession and is unable to recover.


Flapjack · 15 hours ago
Another very well written piece, well done. I thank you Sir. I guess we all know in our hearts that the figures are massaged but here we have been shown how. Thanks PCR for that. I try to see the beauty in all of creation but at an age that once used to be called 'retirement' its difficult to thwart the veil of cynicism that obscures the full potential of our perfect paradise. We all feel the encroaching clouds of dismay about our folly......first we had to get rid of the Kings, now we have to neuter the oligarchs and the transnational barons and the quiet pullers of levers in the Military Industrial Complex.

But how about this, maybe the fact that those chosen by fate alone to make the decisions that have brought us here have rendered us a service. Thier stupidity and myopia have highlighted mistakes of a gargantuam folly that will not be forgotten in a digital age. My hope is this: the only good thing to come out of WW1 was that all civilised nations abandoned monarchy. Now perhaps the hideously stupid mistakes of this century and the culprits (we know who they are) will serve to allow us to form a new way to advance, to stumble, to learn, and begin to think about how 'POWER' can be our servant and not our master.

I am in the UK. how sweet it is to read the early bullitens from Tom's brilliant website before I lay me down to sleep. Peace to all. 

Andre · 14 hours ago
How many people are trying to support themselves by buying and selling stuff on Ebay and Craigs List or buying stuff at garage sales and re-selling it at a higher price at their own garage sale? Or flipping houses? How many people are working hard trying to pull off identity theft scams? Those aren't exactly jobs, but they are things that people try to do to survive. Job development is the responsibility of government. Committing atrocities should not be allowed to interfere with the responsibilities they were elected to assume.

Read the whole essay here.

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