Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Breaking: 5.6 Percent Unemployment Is A "Big Lie"

We're not saying it... the revelation comes from Gallup, one of the most respected polling firms in the nation.

(Gallup) Here's something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.

Right now, we're hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is "down" to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.

None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job -- if you are so hopelessly out of work that you've stopped looking over the past four weeks -- the Department of Labor doesn't count you as unemployed. That's right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news -- currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren't throwing parties to toast "falling" unemployment.

There's another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you're an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 -- maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn -- you're not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.

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  1. These facts are common sense knowledge. Of course, there are very few people in D.C. with any common sense and-therefore-they must believe that the American citizens do not have any common sense.

  2. Just look around you at your own neighborhood. I guarantee at least one of your neighbor is out work, and a couple are probably working part time. The one or two who may have a decent career job probably are working for the government in some way. The rest are probably retired....

  3. As the saying goes, If you tell a lie often enough eventually some will believe it.


Posted By: Chris Carmouche