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20 percent of American families everyone unemployed, Record food stamp usage, Record labor force participation rate, Zero Hedge interprets BLS orwellian wording, 49 million dealing with food insecurity

20 percent of American families everyone unemployed, Record food stamp usage, Record labor force participation rate, Zero Hedge interprets BLS orwellian wording, 49 million dealing with food insecurity

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″


Citizen Wells has extensively covered the true employment and labor force situation in this country.

Zero Hedge has interptreted the latest BLS report on family employment.

Hats off to them.

From Zero Hedge  April 29, 2014.

“The Real Unemployment Rate: In 20% Of American Families, Everyone Is Unemployed”

“According to shocking new numbers that were just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of American families do not have a single person that is working. So when someone tries to tell you that the unemployment rate in the United States is about 7 percent, you should just laugh. One-fifth of the families in the entire country do not have a single member with a job. That is absolutely astonishing. How can a family survive if nobody is making any money? Well, the answer to that question is actually quite easy. There is a reason why government dependence has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Without enough jobs, tens of millions of additional Americans have been forced to reach out to the government for help. At this point, if you can believe it, the number of Americans getting money or benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million.

When I was growing up, it seemed like anyone that was willing to work hard could find a good paying job. But now that has all changed. At this point, 20 percent of all the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job. That includes fathers, mothers and children. The following is how CNSNews.com broke down the numbers…

A family, as defined by the BLS, is a group of two or more people who live together and who are related by birth, adoption or marriage. In 2013, there were 80,445,000 families in the United States and in 16,127,000—or 20 percent–no one had a job.
To be honest, these really are Great Depression-type numbers. But over the years “unemployment” has been redefined so many times that it doesn’t mean the same thing that it once did. The government tells us that the official unemployment rate is about 7 percent, but that number is almost meaningless at this point.

A number that I find much more useful is the employment-population ratio. According to the employment-population ratio, the percentage of working age Americans that actually have a job has been below 59 percent for more than four years in a row…”

“And what is even more frightening is that more families are falling out of the middle class every single day.  As a recent CNN article explained, approximately one-third of all U.S. households are living “hand-to-mouth”.  In other words, they are constantly living on the edge of financial disaster…

About one-third of American households live “hand-to-mouth,” meaning that they spend all their paychecks. But what surprised the study authors is that 66% of these families are middle class, with a median income of $41,000. While they don’t have liquid assets, such as savings accounts or mutual fund holdings, they do have homes and retirement accounts, with a median net worth of $41,000.

“We don’t expect them to be living paycheck to paycheck,” said Greg Kaplan, study co-author and assistant professor of economics at Princeton University.

The American Dream is rapidly becoming an American nightmare.”

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From the BLS report.

“The share of families with an employed member was unchanged at 80.0 percent in 2013. The likelihood of having an employed family member rose in 2013 for Asian families (to 88.8 percent) and for Hispanic families (to 85.1 percent). The likelihood for white and black families showed little or no change (80.1 percent and 75.7 percent, respectively).”

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Durable goods orders plunge, Economic growth sluggish, 1.3 percent annual growth, Longest 8 plus percent unemployment rate on record, Record labor force participation rate

Durable goods orders plunge, Economic growth sluggish, 1.3 percent annual growth, Longest 8 plus percent unemployment rate on record, Record labor force participation rate

“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011

“With a 63.7% labor force participation, “conditions in the labor market are considerably worse than indicated” in July’s report”…economist Joshua Shapiro, WSJ August 3, 2012

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed

–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

A recent survey indicated that 15 % of Democrats believe that the economy is bad. Perhaps they selected a sample of mostly young and uneducated folks.

I just asked a classicly liberal older gentleman about his impression of the economy and he gave me an honest answer. He described it with emphasis as extremely bad.

Economic growth figures are frightening, the stated unemployment rate is the worst on record for months above 8 percent and the Labor Force Participation Rate has hit record lows. That is, the only reason that the unemployment rate is 8.1 percent instead of 11.1 percent or higher is because so many people have left the labor force.

From Bloomberg September 27, 2012.

“Plunge in Goods Orders May Restrain U.S. Expansion: Economy”

“Demand for U.S. durable goods other than transportation equipment unexpectedly dropped in August for a third consecutive month, signaling that slowdowns in business investment and exports will restrain the economic expansion.

Orders for goods meant to last at least three years, excluding volatile demand for airplanes and automobiles, fell 1.6 percent last month after decreasing 1.3 percent in July, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. Total bookingsplunged 13.2 percent, the most since January 2009, as demand for civilian aircraft collapsed.

“The corporate sector is getting very nervous from a combination of worries about Europe, worries about the fiscal cliff and a general lack of confidence in the recovery,” saidEthan Harris, co-head of global economics research at Bank of America Corp. in New York, whose estimate for the drop in ex- transportation orders was the closest of economists surveyed.”

“The median forecast of 53 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 0.2 percent gain in ex-transportation goods orders. The Commerce Department revised July data down from a previously reported 0.6 percent decrease.

The decline in total orders was more than twice as large as the 5 percent drop projected by the median estimate in the Bloomberg survey.

The world’s largest economy expanded at a 1.3 percent annual pace in the second quarter after growing at a 2 percent rate from January through March, other figures from the Commerce Department showed today. The revision, the third estimate for the quarter, compared with a previously reported 1.7 percent gain.”


I spoke to a young man a few days ago. He is employed in IT. He is supporting Obama and the Democrats and is obviously brainwashed. I do not exaggerate. Just as the folks in Nazi Germany and “1984” were constantly bombarded with the big lies, the young and ignorant are in this country.

He believed that the economy was better and that Obama had created jobs. I reminded him that the Democrats took control of both houses in January 2007 and that the unemployment rate where we stood is 10.2 percent. He did not know that. I explained that we were still in the worst economy since the great depression.

We still have work to do.