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The December 2013 Employment Situation Report January 10, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.

I haven’t checked, but I’m sure the MSM is abuzz over the drop in unemployment rate below 7%. 6.7%!! It would be very heartening if that statistic had any meaning these days.

Let’s take a look at the statistic that I do find meaningful: full-time employment (from the Household Survey) divided by the civilian non-institutional population. This stat captures the real health of the job market as well as the effect of people dropping out of the employment pool. What does my favorite stat look like?


Virtually no change from last month and we actually haven’t quite made it back to May’s value, so the job situation really hasn’t improved over the past 7 months. Which is about how it feels, at least to me.


1. punk - January 10, 2014

And this chart is even depressinger.

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3. lauraw - January 10, 2014

This chart is a cleaver against the dishonest ‘recovery’ narrative we’ve been subjected to for years.

4. osoloco11 - January 10, 2014

We are currently in a hiring freeze. Most of our FT employees are being encouraged to “Move up or move out”. As FT employees “Move up or move out” they are being replaced by PT employees. Thanks 53%!

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6. lauraw - January 12, 2014
7. geoff - January 12, 2014

Pethoukis has held on to that chart long after its sell-by date.

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9. The Employment Depression | The Political Hat - January 15, 2014

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