It is just getting sad now. In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000 from 87,897,000 to88,419,000. This is the highest on record. The flip side, and the reason why the unemployment dropped to 8.1% is that the labor force participation rate just dipped to a new 30 year low of 64.3%… via ZeroHedge.
or, from Heritage.org:
and see here from Peter Schiff at RT:
When an economy is bad, one usually has to dredge the bottom of the barrel to find statistics they can refinish and make look like good ones. That appears to be the case with today’s jobs report as not only did 1.2 million Americans fall off the benefits roll to no longer be considered… well, alive to the government, but it now appears that the propaganda of a new 8.3% unemployment rate is made up of record levels of part time workers…. via The Daily Economist
A month ago, we joked when we said that for Obama to get the unemployment rate to negative by election time, all he has to do is to crush the labor force participation rate to about 55%. Looks like the good folks at the BLS heard us: it appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million. No, that’s not a typo: 1.2 million people dropped out of the labor force in one month! So as the labor force increased from 153.9 million to 154.4 million, the non institutional population increased by 242.3 million meaning, those not in the labor force surged from 86.7 million to 87.9 million. Which means that the civilian labor force tumbled to a fresh 30 year low of 63.7% as the BLS is seriously planning on eliminating nearly half of the available labor pool from the unemployment calculation. As for the quality of jobs, as withholding taxes roll over Year over year, it can only mean that the US is replacing high paying FIRE jobs with low paying construction and manufacturing. So much for the improvement….