Employers added fewer jobs in March than in any month in almost a year, a dark cloud after several months of slowly improving conditions in labor markets. Just 88,000 jobs were created last month, far below February´s 268,000 gain. The unemployment rate, derived from a separate survey, dropped to a four-year low of 7.6%. But the decline was prompted by nearly a half-million workers leaving the job market, not job growth.
90 million people out of the labor workforce, half the country is on the dole we get unemployment numbers of 7.6%! This is beyond warped. It is just outright Third World propaganda that anybody with half a brain can see...except for people in the knee-pad media like Bob "The Knob" Schieffer who would tell us with a straight face that he missed the last four years of our economy going into the toilet because he was on vacation!
The labor-force participation rate, which measures those employed as well as those looking for work as a portion of the population, fell 0.2 percentage points to a seasonally adjusted 63.3%, a level last seen in mid-1979.
The number of people pulling the cart keeps dwindling. While those along for a free ride keeps growing.
If the real numbers and elementary school math were used the ´real´ unemployment numbers would be 9.5% nation wide and 19% umemployment for blacks. If you are black all you could hope for is to get into sports or become a rapper. What about the jobs that have dissappered and are no longer there. McDonalds is the only one hiring college graduates.
Whatever Obama does just do the opposite and it would be the right thing. Obama is a wrecking ball on killing jobs or job growth.
This doffus of an administration would see people moving into tin and carboard shacks in fields and the side of the road and call it a ´housing boom´.
This is the "new math" by the democrats. For dems four plus four equals nine is close enough to reality. Therefore, 88,000 jobs (many, many low paying and/or part time or temporary) equates to "Recovery Summer Part 5". It´s all good.
Been out of work going on 2 years this fall in the worst state possible for employment prospects-New York. I am an experienced administrative assistant-with over 25 years of background and experience. I´ve been on countless interviews, from retail work to office administration, full time to part time, and everything in between. Counselor at unemployment told me outright I was competing for the same jobs with who have folks year degrees and masters. No unemployment, no help from anyone-my retired husband is managing to support us-for now. Putting our house on the market this spring-if we don´t sell, I don´t know what we are going to do. When the liars in Washington claim the unemployment numbers are down, they are counting people like me, who don´t show up on the unemployment rolls anymore. So yeah, things are just peachy in my little world, Zippy. Thanks for nothing.
I don´t need ginned up numbers to see what´s going on. Drive around my (small-medium size) town and look at the empty storefronts and empty manufacturing plants. Businesses open then struggle a year or so and throw in the towel.
I note a few more classified ads for jobs in the newspaper but only a few more. The recession/depression marches on in North Georgia.
The last time we had numbers like this was 1979. Carter was president.
Obama is now officially a worse president than Carter.
Yet the liberal talking heads on TV keep spinning that things are getting better because the stock market is doing well.
No mention of the huge numbers of people who can´t find work. All the recent college graduates I know (I´m talking about those who have graduated in the last 5 or 6 years), have jobs far below their education and abilities, and are working part-time or without benefits.
Older people I know who have lost their jobs can´t find anything. One who formerly made over $100K, lost their job three years ago, and is now doing handyman work for $15/ hour--and is limited to 30 hours a week, so the employer doesn´t have to pay benefits. He´s just holding on hoping to be able to survive until 62 to collect Social Security.
If a Republican were president, every news show would lead off with a story about the millions who have left the job market, so the unemployment level is really much higher...
#19 - You are right...we just don´t know how much worse yet! The Obamboozler has almost 4 years left to ruin things and judging by the way we are sliding down the cliff so far we should be just about deceminated or taken over by the Chi-coms or Russia by the time idiot boi gets thru with us!
Look, everyone who cares knows the numbers, after that it´s what kind of spin to put on them. The numbers are low, but is that good or bad? Remember, the bubble burst in 2008. The real economy was way down below bubble levels. So we fell down there. Real growth from the real economy is going to be slow. It´s been even slower than that, barely enough to keep up with growth in population. But depending on how you look at that, it´s more than zero.
Nobody in their right mind thinks the bubble is going to reinflate anytime soon, but there is a little bit of snapback, as there always is after a dramatic move. It means almost nothing.
The 88,000 number will probably be revised up to 120,000, and so what. Something like 200,000 a month average over a year, would be expected. Anything less is due to Obumbling. However, for all of that, the Republicans aren´t suggesting much of any use, either.
These numbers mean nothing. Not only those that stopped looking are not counted, but people like my roommate don´t get counted either. He has been looking for a job for years now with no luck. But he never qualified for unemployment because he had his own business and was an independent contractor. I am sure there are a lot of folks that don´t qualify for UI. I don´t see how they can use such crazy criteria to decide unemployment rates.
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