The unemployment numbers don’t actually look all that bad this month. If you work for the government, that is.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics counts someone as a government worker if he’s not in the military, and if he works at any level of government – local, state or federal – or if he’s unemployed but his last job was with the government.
Their unemployment rate dropped in March to 3.6% from 3.8% in February, going from 828,000 unemployed in February to 786,000 in March. Their unemployment rate has steadily declined since July of 2012, when it was as high as 5.7%. Since then, governments have added 618,000 people to their payrolls.
The same can’t be said for the private sector. Even though 88,000 measly jobs were apparently created last month, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.6%, what they don’t seem to care about are all the people who dropped out of the labor force.
In March, there were nearly 90 million people not in the labor force. That means that in the month of March, 663,000 people quit looking for work.
And many of those 663,000 were Obama’s voters. The media might only fixate on the falling unemployment rate among blacks and Latinos, but again, what they probably won’t care about is how many of those who elected and re-elected Obama have simply given up looking for a job:
“[T]housands of Latino and African American workers dropped out of the labor force in March, the weakest job creation month in some time.148,000 African Americans left the labor force in March, according to BLS, swelling the number of African Americans not in the labor force to 11.7 million. 282,000 Latinos left the labor force in March, swelling the number of Latinos not in the labor force to 12.9 million from 12.6 million in February.”
The BLS also reported that of those 663,000 who quit looking for work, 315,000 of them were women. Why doesn’t Obama want to help women, blacks and Latinos? Maybe he does, and this is just his way of following up on his promise to them to take care of them. Once they’re out of the work force, they’ll have to depend on government programs to survive. And once they get used to welfare, they’ll always know to vote socialist.
In reality, the current jobs report is abysmal. But the media’s job is to sell the idea to Americans that the economy is recovering, and that the only way to fully recover is to continue with Obama’s policies. This is what the White House “chief economist” said:
“While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are helping to build an economy that creates jobs and works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.”
Obama’s policies have led to where we are now. Continuing to implement his ideas will only further destroy the economy.