Huffington says,"6 million people have now been unemployed for
more than six months."
I respect and admire her very much, but I must respectfully disagree with her number of 6 million. I say 14 million. There are 14 million Americans who have been unemployed for almost 3 years...I know, I'm one of them.
There are 14 million unemployed Americans who are frustrated and outraged
whenever the media parrots the government-given (U-3) unemployment rate of
9%...it grossly untrue. The REAL unemployment rate is closer to 20%. Let me
What's been glaringly absent from all the jobs reports and subsequent reporting is this:
In early 2009 we had over 14 million people unemployed, and 3 years later we still do, that according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So if the unemployment rate hasn't changed in almost 3 years (consistently hovering around 9%), and we need 150,000 new jobs a month just to break even, how can that be? Especially if we've only created 1 million jobs in the last year? (private sector jobs canceling out the government sector layoffs). That would indicate that no one else was ever laid off from mid-2009 to the present in late 2011. But we know that's not true because we've had new jobless claims every week since early 2009 right up to the present.
In other words, by classifying all these people whose unemployment benefits were exhausted, and then moving them into the U-6 rate as "discouraged workers" (and then not counting them at all later), is grossly under-counting the REAL unemployment numbers.
Half of the unemployed didn't even qualify for UI benefits, and of those who did, about 7 million have already exhausted their UI benefits (I know, I one of them). And they are no longer being counted at all ("exhaustees" and "99ers" are the same, but only 99ers are sometimes referred to because they were in the few states that actually offered the maximum allowable of 99 weeks in benefits).
I submit, that after carefully following this for 3 years, that there are really closer to 21 million unemployed Americans, and another 20 to 30 million that are "under-employed" (those working one or more low-paying part-time jobs...and another reason why there are no jobs at all for the other 21 million who are unemployed).
The real unemployment rate is nearer to an astounding 20% (almost 1 in 5 of the workforce), with many more unemployed than there were during the height of the Great Depression in 1933 (about 12 million).
9% is very (intentionally) misleading. But it's not entirely the media's fault, because the Bureau of Labor Statistics masterfully sugar-coats the REAL numbers and then spoon-feeds them to the media...no matter what political party holds office. The job crisis is far much worse than the government wants the general public to know (a fear of more uprisings perhaps?)
No, I'm not "Chicken Little", and I don't claim that the sky is falling...I'm just pointing out a few facts.
I've been barking at the moon like a madman for the past 3 years about this, but nothing has changed...21 million Americans are still unemployed and barking at the moon too, whenever they hear the media say, "The unemployment rate went down! We created 80,000 new jobs last month, and we had 3,000 less claims last week!!"
But the truth is, the Bureau of Labor Statistics treats the unemployment numbers like people on a conveyor belt...as people lose UI benefits (and stopped being counted), new people are being laid off ...until they too fall off the conveyor belt and are no longer being counted by the government any more. That's how the "9%" rate has stayed consistent for the last 3 years. The "job creators" (with $2 trillion sitting idle off-shore) certainly didn't create that many jobs.
* The Bureau of Labor Statistics could easily cross reference the data from State unemployment agencies and the W-4's on file at the Office of Social Security Administration if they ever wanted to expose the REAL unemployment rate.
Herman Cain says it's our own fault we're unemployed. The Republican's job plan is to cut taxes for the rich and cut food stamps for the poor. If it were up to me, I'd start by freezing and repatriating the $2 trillion American corporations have hoarded away in off-shore banks accounts, money that they would have otherwise been taxed on if it had not been for the Bush tax cuts. Then we could at least start an infrastructure program.
Some idiots even suggested that we all start our own businesses. That's it!
Maybe we should all start a corporation, mail out a prospectuses, start up an
IPO, get listed on the NYSE, and start selling shares. Then by this time next
year we can vote to give ourselves a million dollar bonus and only pay 15% in
capital gains taxes, then blame everyone else for not having a job or for not
being rich, then lobby congress to cut food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, and
Then after we've killed off all the poor people, we'll buy a private island and retire. Why not? Everyone else seems to be doing it..
The REAL Unemployment Rate (with numbers and links)
In other news today...
ARE THE BIG BANKS GETTING NERVOUS? - "650,000 customers moved $4.5 billion dollars out of the big banks and into smaller banks and credit unions in the last month. Even though the government may keep throwing money at the dinosaurs, the Basel regulations do have some capital requirements, and so the big banks need to bring in some actual deposits to fund their casino gambling. Moreover, if too many depositors leave, the illusion that the big banks are serving the American public will be burst, and a critical mass of consciousness will occur, so that the bank's questioned control over the American political and financial systems will start to be questioned."
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