Unemployment at 23%, Not 7.8%

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports their monthly unemployment figures, they reflect only a certain portion of the overall unemployment numbers.  Of the six different unemployment figures in their monthly report, only one gets all of the media attention.

The BLS lists six categories of unemployment figures, but the media only looks at the U-3 category and ignores all of the rest.  The U-3 category used by the government and media does not include anyone that has not looked for a job in the past four weeks as they are considered to be out of the workforce.  The six categories and their December 2012 figures are:

  • U-1 Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force – 4.3%
  • U-2 Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force – 4.1%
  • U-3 Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (official unemployment rate) – 7.8%
  • U-4 Total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers – 8.5%
  • U-5 Total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other persons marginally attached to the labor force, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force – 9.4%
  • U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force – 14.4%

Economist John Williams, contends that even the U-6 category is not an accurate reflection of the real unemployment figures.  For one thing, he says they do not take into account those individuals who have been unemployed and given up looking for work for at least a year.  He refers to his system as ShadowStats Alternative Unemployment Rate.  In his alternative calculations, Williams adds the U-6 figures with those of the long term unemployed that quit looking but still list themselves as unemployed.  That calculation gives him a total unemployment rate of nearly 23%.

Williams explained to WND:

“To the extent that there is any significance in the monthly reporting, it is that the economy is not in recovery, and that unemployment has made a new high, at a level that rivals any other downturn of the post-Great Depression era.”

“If you were to survey everyone in the country as to whether they were employed or unemployed, without qualification as to when they last looked for a job, the resulting unemployment rate would be close to the ShadowStats estimate.”

So when you see the media report unemployment figures on the news, realize that those are only a fraction of the real numbers that they don’t want you to see.  The real number are three times what they report and those numbers also say that the economy and jobs are not in recovery as Obama would have you believe.  The real numbers indicate that almost 1 of every 4 working class adults are unemployed.


  • Chemiker

    Another problem is that the "Fiscal Cliff" bill extended unemployment payments for another year. This sounds nice, but has been shown to increase unemployment. Employers must pay UE taxes, which discourages employers from hiring. The other effect is due to the "Why take a job that pays the same as unemployment?" mentality.
    The same bill included billions for political cronies of both parties and of Obama.

    • Bob1893

      Drawing unemployment and working jobs where you get paid under the table works very well for a lot of people especially for seasonal workers.

      • Ruggedlark

        Yes, I've seen people that "work" the system.

        Know lots of people too, that are self employed, that don't pay any taxes, other than fuel and phone and electricity...Its a lifestyle.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/2BZHO5ROO7QRRX6CJJJEBUBQPY Tim

          I have been self employed for 30 years, i assure i have paid more taxes, by percentage than most people responding on this site. My writeoffs are very small as I am a service business and my overhead is almost non-existent, you, like most politicians, believe all self employed cheat on their taxes, i do not.

        • Texas Rebel

          I am also self-employed and I can agree that my taxes are more than most that are employed. What I pay in taxes would support most families for a year!!

        • Ruggedlark

          Just for the record, thank goodness there are people like you.

          Entrepreneurial.Driven. Driving the economy.

          I'm sure you do pay plenty in taxes, Most likely doing more than your fair share...

        • Ruggedlark

          I believe you.

          You know. Every time a person comments we obviously need to qualify our statements...

          My farrier does not report his income, so I can't claim his work as an expense...One example. Others could be people that "custom" cut hay, fix trucks, do fence work, etc...You get the pic.

          And no. I don't believe that. I just know several that don't pay income taxes (and they aren't drawing any welfare benefits, either), but easily, the other half that I know who are self employed do pay taxes, but they also own homes, have kids, and have lots of write offs. Although I think those are about to go by the wayside soon.

          Take care.

        • http://www.facebook.com/charles.glover.14 Charles Glover

          In this economy, where there are many people out of work, working part time or doing odd jobs, many employee will gladly take less money under the table and not pay State, Federal, and social Security taxes. It is less expensive for the employer because the emplyer does not pay his share of SS tax or health insurance and paid holidays, vacation with pay and avoid the mountains of regulations that goes along with managing salaried or hourly emplyees. It goes without saying, that this is the norm with ellegal aliens. People will what ever is necessary to survive in a represive system that is designed to promote failure.

  • Ruggedlark

    What I want to know, is why doesn't the MSM report the truth?

    Why is media even Constitutionally protected anymore?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2BZHO5ROO7QRRX6CJJJEBUBQPY Tim

    That is why the 47% number is also larger than reported. The socialists will never be beaten now. I know this because of the much larger portion of white people who now believe they are also victims, support the agenda.

  • obhfwb

    All that voted for that boy community organizer could care less about jobs.

    • Doodlebug

      And, how many people pay any attention to the real numbers? Mostly likely only the conservatives who are the ones who are paying attention to the all the money given to those who will vote for the" boy community organizer" when they get freebies. This guy couldn't organize a hen house!

    • Jack Parker

      You know what a "community organizer" is? A welfare pimp!

    • Blomsoy

      ...could NOT care less...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516859771 John Sweet

    sounds like a great reason to focus on removing guns from citizen access instead of creating jobs let alone establish a budget or pay the bills

    • Vette66

      Why establish a budget, reid will just back burner it anyway like the last 3 or 4 years the house sent one to reid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.friedlander Maxwell Friedlander

    This is Obamanomics at its finest.

  • de

    may o will hire a special group of people with a high pay rate (suicide rate) to take away guns from the rest of us.

  • H.M.Stumpf

    Obama always lies, about everything !!

  • paxcat

    Gubbmint always manipulates statistical data in its "political" favor. Why anyone believes anything coming out of DC (regardless of party persuasion) is troublesome, and citizens should do their own research on what is being bandied about as facts!

  • ste1021

    The Republicans need to start buying media time to get the truth out. The MSM will NEVER tell the public the truth. Will just continue to cover for the community organizer.

    • Conservativesniper

      Republicans buy media time? Why the hell would they do that? I read a quote which meshes quite nicely with the following link, "There is no Left or Right - there is only freedom or tyranny. Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you."

      http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the/print

      Your responsibility to be ready for the fight never ends. Long live the Republic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brenda-Cibelli/100000687513153 Brenda Cibelli

    but 50% of Americans could care less or are totally clueless

  • Walt

    What about all those thousands whose benefits have run out and are no longer counted at all?

  • Chet

    Well, what can we do? The truth comes to us via posts like this and Fox cable. However, unfortunately, freedom loving people are powerless to do a darn thing as beyond these few news outlets all the others and I mean all, are biased liberal. Overwhelmingly, TV programming, drama's and comedy etc., are decidedly liberal. Our voice is severly limited over the airwaves and the low information, or more appropriately, low concern, voters are thus unreachable with truth. Besides, the masses want their free stuff, i.e., rubbers, birth control pills, cell phones and the like... And they ain't gonna turn. Even if these stats had come out prior to 6 Nov they'd have been spun positively so as to confuse those who do care and, well, the rest couldn't have cared less no mater what.

  • Ecoplastican

    Our government is all about mis-information. Our government is destructive.

  • kkc003

    I bet this does not count the 20 million kids leaving college looking for work or kids from high school looking for work! all of these are "new" to the job searching.

    We keep adding people to welfare, we keep allowing illegals to work american jobs, all while many people would take these jobs as a 2nd job for extra food money!
    whats wrong with this picture?

    also anyone on welfare should be working for meals on wheels, soup kitchens etc. they have the time and this would keep their skills in check. it should be a requirement to keep the welfare check coming- 20 hrs a week is not much to ask for in exchange for welfare. also they too have to give back to society- there are people worse than them! we all have to give.

  • sfteam85

    That doesn't count underemployed, people doing part time work as a casual laborer outside of their industry and contract labor where they are under paid with no benefits.

    American construction workers and professional drivers cannot compete with low-balling foreign nationals that have no taxes withheld from their pay and don't get benefits American small business owners have to hire them to be competitive with companies owned by minorities that employ foreign nationals.

    That these people only take jobs nobody else wants is a lie.

    I work as a lumber hauler, not my primary profession but when they need someone to fill in, I do it to earn a day or a few days pay, once in a while. I deliver to one or two English speaking construction sites a week at the most, sometimes only one every two weeks when I get a two week run. They are mostly Hispanic and communication is difficult. Many are all Asian. A few, the English speaking are Irish and i can't understand what they're saying either. It's like another dialect and they say things so fast I often have to ask what they just said to keep up.

    If I go to a non union lumber yard, they don't want me because I don't speak the language and they'd rather pay someone ten bucks an hour and not have to take anything out for the government.

    That's why we have high unemployment. These guys don't even want amnesty. If they get amnesty, they'll lose their jobs.