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Jobless Rate Falls As 315K Leave Workforce

From a cartwheel turning Associated Press:

US jobless rate falls to lowest since March 2009

December 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy.

And it had nothing to do with the Christmas holidays. (If any of this is even true.)

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent last month from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn’t been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.

Notice how this news is not described as ‘unexpected,’ even though the last two weeks of November saw increases in unemployment claims.

In fact, the jiggering of these employment numbers is getting to be so blatant, even the AP is starting to feel the need to explain them:

Still, 13.3 million Americans remain unemployed. And a key reason the unemployment rate fell so much was because roughly 315,000 people had given up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.

Isn’t that an astonishing admission from the government spokesmen at the Associated Press? Of course, the AP doesn’t bother to explain how it works.

But a smaller workforce means there is a smaller number of people ‘actively looking for work.’ Which, in turn, lowers the official unemployment rate, even though those people are still unemployed. It is all hoax and mirrors.

In fact, the administration has decreed that the current US workforce is only 64%. Which is the smallest US workforce in generations. Apparently more and more people no longer need to work, at least according to the government.

We still cannot find what criterion the Labor Department uses to drop people from the workforce. Nobody seems to know how many weeks do you have to be unemployed to be considered to be a ‘discouraged worker,’ and said to be no longer ‘actively seeking work.’

We have searched the Labor Department’s website and the internet in general, and can’t get any guidance. Is this a national security secret?

The presidential election is less than a year away, which means President Barack Obama will almost certainly face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any president since World War II. Rival Republicans have made the nation’s joblessness a key campaign issue.

Which is precisely why they are playing with the numbers.

But none of this matters. The administration has gotten the headlines that it wants. And, unfortunately, most people only read the headlines. And what is worse, they believe the headlines. Which is exactly what the Democrats count on.

Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. And the previous two months were revised up to show that 72,000 more jobs added — the fourth straight month the government revised prior months higher

And we believe all of this, too.

By the way, here is the take from Bloomberg News:

U.S. Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Declines to 8.6% – Bloomberg

By Shobhana Chandra
Dec 2, 2011

Unemployment in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in November to a two-year low, while employers added fewer workers than projected and earnings eased, indicating the labor market is making limited progress.

The jobless rate declined to 8.6 percent, the lowest since March 2009, from 9 percent, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. Payrolls climbed 120,000, with more than half the hiring coming from retailers and temporary help agencies, after a revised 100,000 rise in October. The median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey called for a 125,000 gain

Note that Bloomberg, which services the financial community, is a little more shocked that the unemployment rate has supposedly gone done. Even though they had expected 120,000 rather than 100,000 jobs to be added.

They also point out that most of the hiring has come from retailers and temp agencies, which suggests this it is mostly due to the Christmas season.

The scant number of jobs is limiting wage gains and restraining consumers’ ability to boost spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy..

The unemployment rate, derived from a separate survey of households, was forecast to hold at 9 percent, according to the survey median. The decrease in the jobless rate reflected a 278,000 gain in employment at the same time 315,000 Americans left the labor force.

That is a truly staggering detail. More people actually gave up looking for work than got jobs in November.

The labor participation rate declined to 64 percent from 64.2 percent…

Private hiring, which excludes government agencies, rose 140,000 after a revised gain of 117,000. It was projected to rise by 150,000, the survey showed

The report also showed an increase in long-term unemployed Americans. The number of people unemployed for 27 weeks or more increased as a percentage of all jobless, to 43 percent from 42.4 percent.

The jobless rate has exceeded 8 percent since February 2009, the longest stretch of such levels of unemployment since monthly records began in 1948

But happy days are here again.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Jobless Rate Falls As 315K Leave Workforce”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    A statistic Rush spoke of this week RE: unemployment numbers.

    That the Obama Administration “X’d” out 2.5 million jobs in the numbers because those jobs no longer exist and aren’t coming back. The positions have been eliminated during this crisis. No longer apply. Therefore …

    …. those 2.5 million people who were employed in those jobs are not counted in unemployment stats.

    Calculating the 2.5 million back into the Unemployment numbers means the USA is closer to 15% unemployment.

    Do I believe Rush?

    Or, do I believe the federal government’s reporting under the control of the current Administration.

    (thinking cap, thinking cap)

    Boy, this is a hard one …

    (thinking cap, thinking cap)

    • proreason says:

      It’s a lot worse than that, gbj.

      In the last 3 years, more than three million people have entered the work force because they have left school. The ones that can’t find jobs aren’t counted either.

      Self employed people who lost their businesses aren’t counted either.

      Retired people or stay-at-home moms who now need to work aren’t counted either.

      Those are just the most obvious ones.

      Unemployment is about what it was during the Great Depression. It doesn’t seem that bad because Pravda lies through its teeth about it, and because the marxists have imposed 5 trillion in new debt on your heirs to pay-off the people whose jobs they poofed. Many of them are grateful to the marxists for bankrupting your kids and will vote to continue the giveaway, stupidly assuming that it will last forever. They feel entitled to it even though many of them have never contributed a dime themselves.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Think Romney would call the bs or accept the premise?

  3. Petronius says:

    Once people have stopped “actively” looking for work the government no longer counts them as unemployed.

    This means that the government’s numbers only count people as unemployed who have applied for a job within the last four weeks.


    If we count discouraged workers who have applied for a job during the last 12 months, and those working part time who want a full time job, then we must look at the U6 measure of unemployment published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U6 figure is 16.2% (thru 3d Qtr 2011).

    There are millions of people who have stopped looking altogether. Some have been out of work for so long that they have lost their skills and become unemployable. Others have settled into early retirement. Others have taken disability or decided to stay in school. Yet they are not counted among the unemployed.

    When we add those who have given up the real level of unemployment is about 22.9%.

    • proreason says:


      Depression level. But hidden because the wealth of your kids and grandkids is being redistributed to obamy voters today. Your kids will be eating beans tomorrow to buy plasma tv’s for deadbeats today.

      The official employment statistics are expressly designed to keep politicians in office.

      And besides, in obamaworld, being dependent on government assistance is a good thing. Obamygov gets to help out.

    • Petronius says:

      Indeed, pro. The unemployment problem becomes more difficult when the question of incentive and disincentive is introduced, whether taking money from a producer and giving it to a non-producer tends to destroy the incentive of both, and thus encourages more unemployment and recession.

      The pattern of recent years has been one in which income redistribution has accounted for an ever increasing share of the Federal budget, Federal deficits have ballooned into the trillions, and inflationary pressures in the underlying economy are building despite the Fed’s strenuous efforts to depress interest rates. These three forces are not only related but react with each other in a way that could eventually blow the economy apart.

      Basically Nerobama and his Bolshevik thugs in the Congress have used up all of the nation’s savings and credit, consuming our capital for generations to come, just to make more redistributions, without making any provision for the future. The future, at the moment, is not at all bright.

      With the destruction of capital formation, the economy’s capacity to invest, create jobs, develop new technology and products, and improve the overall standard of living is being destroyed. Job losses will then create still more demand for income redistributions.

      We are constantly reminded by our rulers and assorted talking heads of the social dangers of having too little redistribution and social spending. But there has been little or no emphasis on the dangers of having too much. The entire business and productive sector of American society is becoming alienated and demoralized through seeing their capital and savings destroyed by reckless and wasteful government spending, and by the attitude of our rulers that business and the job-creators must at every point be beaten down, regulated, restrained, restricted, and punished.

      People in the productive group are losing faith in the American political system through a sense of the unfairness of such destructive government policies. I believe the 2012 election will be make-or-break for the USA.

    • proreason says:

      “With the destruction of capital formation, the economy’s capacity to invest, create jobs, develop new technology and products, and improve the overall standard of living is being destroyed. Job losses will then create still more demand for income redistributions.”

      I wish our leaders would talk about that rather than lowering taxes.

      Even if people didn’t understand the discussion in depth, they would appreciate being addressed as adults instead of children.

  4. yadayada says:

    “Jobless Rate Falls As 315K Leave Workforce”-

    so, people leaving their jobs cause UNemployment rate to go down?

    well….. at least the contradictory /confusing headline will probably force people to read some of the article. from there anyone with a brain will see the attempt to hide the truth behind the double speak.

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