Real Work Force – 10/31/13

Graph - General - Decreasing - 01

The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for October 2013 showing a 0.1% bump in the unemployment rate.

I’m sure you can imagine that Breitbart and the NYT spun the news a bit differently:

Mike Flynn noted, “Over the last year, the economy has averaged 190k new jobs each month. This level is below the amount of job creation necessary to keep pace with population growth. Many more jobs than this, however, are needed to trim the ranks of the long-term unemployed and bring discouraged workers back into the labor force.”

For Nelson Schwartz, “Defying predictions that the government shutdown would sap job growth, private employers added more than 200,000 positions in October, well above even the most optimistic estimates on Wall Street.

FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America.  They don’t answer this question:

Ignoring all demographics, who is in the wagon versus who is pulling the wagon?

How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States?  Here’s the trend…


RWF - 20131031 - Real Work Force - 01


At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force!  That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007.  That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%.  You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.

In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.

Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month


RWF - 20131031 - Real Work Force (Percent Change) - 01


Labor Force Data from

RWF - 20131031 - Labor Force - 01

Population Estimate from

RWF - 20131031 - Population Estimate - 01

Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!

One response to “Real Work Force – 10/31/13”

  1. Stats look really bad but have for some time. The real difference is, how many under Obama are now part timers vs full timers under Bush. Where is that stat?

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