Theodore's World: Obama Responsible For Unprecedented 1 Million Workers Loss of Jobs

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January 13, 2012

Obama Responsible For Unprecedented 1 Million Workers Loss of Jobs

Nearly 1 Million Workers Vanished Under Obama


Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jumped by 24,000 last week to 399,000 as more workers lost their jobs, the Labor Department said Thursday. At the same time, the economy continues to lose workers.

In the 30 months since the recession officially ended, nearly 1 million people have dropped out of the labor force — they aren’t working, and they aren’t looking — according to data from Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the past two months, the labor force shrank by 170,000.

This is virtually unprecedented in past economic recoveries, at least since the BLS has kept detailed records. In the past nine recoveries, the labor force had climbed an average 3.5 million by this point, according to an IBD analysis of the BLS data.

"Given weak job prospects, many would-be workers dropped out of (or never entered) the labor force," noted Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in her analysis of the BLS jobs report issued last Friday. "That reduces the measured unemployment rate but does not represent real improvement."

According to the BLS, the "labor force participation rate" — the ratio of the number of people either working or looking for work compared with the entire working-age population — is now 64%, down from 65.7% when the recession ended in June 2009. That's the lowest level since women began entering the workforce in far greater numbers several decades ago.

If you adjust for this drop, the unemployment rate would be close to 11%, instead of the official 8.5%.

Wild Thing's comment......

The freak in the WH is still saying no to the pipeline, I hope he burns in hell for all he has done to our country.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 13, 2012 02:47 AM


Wait a sec. This recession ended in June 2009? Tell that to small business owners and the work force. The policies of the Fed., Congress and obama have made this a deep and lasting recession. It is not over.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at January 13, 2012 02:14 PM

Tom, good one!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 14, 2012 05:19 AM