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The real jobs numbers: 41% of America unemployed, 1 in 3 doesn’t want work at all

RT News  Even if the US Labor Department has determined that the unemployment level has finally plateaued after months of staggering jobs statistics, the truth behind the numbers isn’t all that nice. Only four out of every 10 adults in the US is employed.

While the percentage of Americans filing jobless benefit claims isn’t what it was during an unemployment epidemic that ravaged the country throughout the majority of US President Barack Obama’s administration, the Labor Department’s numbers are largely inflated on account of how they determine what actually constitutes looking for work.

Officially, the unemployment rate in America for the month of September was only 7.8 per cent, but that statistic stems from only the number of citizens who have been actively searching for a paycheck. In reality, only around 5 per cent of the adult population in the US is unemployed in the eyes of the government, because they have been handing in applications during the four weeks before the Labor Department conducted their research. Additionally, another 3 per cent are interested in work, but haven’t actively engaged in a job hunting during that span, creating an unemployment figure of just under 8 per cent.

The real figures, however, reveal a much scarier statistic.

“The employment-to-population ratio is the best measure of labor market conditions and it currently shows that there has been almost no improvement whatsoever over the past three years,” Paul Ashworth, chief North American economist for Capital Economics, writes in a note to clients obtained by CNN. That figure, which accounts for the proportion of working Americans compared with the number of adults in the country, is a lot higher than 8 per cent.

For now, 58.7 per cent of American adults are working if the actual employment-population ratio is taken into consideration, leaving about 82 million, or almost 41 per cent of people unemployed. Only 8 per cent, however, are even interested in work, leaving 33 per cent of Americans not only jobless — but with no desire for work.

“The ratio expresses more clearly how many people find working to be a ‘good or attractive deal,'” Tyler Cowen, economist and director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, adds to CNN.

If the numbers seem drastic, it’s because they are. So rampant in fact is the country’s seeming disregard for work that other just-released statistics show that funding welfare programs for the American population was the most expensive endeavor undertaken in all of Fiscal Year 2011.

Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee released findings this week showing that the government spent roughly $1.03 trillion on welfare programs last year, funding 83 separate efforts to provide assistance to Americans. Days earlier, a separate study out of Capitol Hill revealed that the number of people enrolled to receive federal assistance by way of food stamps has hit a new record high with roughly 47 million US residents.

“These astounding figures demonstrate that the United States spends more on federal welfare than any other program in the federal budget,” Alabama Sen. Jeff Session writes in a letter provided to The Daily Caller this week. “It is time to restore — not retreat from — the moral principles of the 1996 welfare reform. Such reforms, combined with measures to promote growth, will help both the recipient and the Treasury.”

“No longer should we measure compassion by how much money the government spends, but by how many people we help to rise out of poverty,” Sessions adds. “Welfare assistance should be seen as temporary whenever possible, and the goal must be to help more of our fellow citizens attain gainful employment and financial independence. This is about more than rescuing our finances. It’s about creating a more optimistic future for millions of struggling Americans.”

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13 Responses to The real jobs numbers: 41% of America unemployed, 1 in 3 doesn’t want work at all

  1. Clark Kent says:

    Hey son !

  2. diggerdan says:

    Just remember that according to Romney they are all just a buch of useless eaters. I wonder just what Romney calls himself.

  3. camil2003 says:

    To the people on welfare, unemployment and benefits who don’t want to work.. Why the heck should they? They are taking advantage of a government that has stolen for them for a long time for a number of reasons and they get to live a bit easier on government dime.
    I feel like a sucker sometimes working for my 9 an hour job when I could live in a government assisted place with my sister(who works at pop eyes) and collect food stamps.

    Still wonder how long I’ll have this job anyway.

    • diggerdan says:

      Oh yea camil2003 – and the food and gas prices just keep doing up and not even to mention housing. They used to say in Mad Town, Wi. ” houising is for people, not for profit”.

  4. JakeTruth says:

    Does this include college students and adults over 65?

  5. Mark Schumacher - NV says:

    Half the clowns in the Senate aren’t worth a pot to piss in, and they’re making a killing. I have to work my ass off to help pay for these birds.

    • Dave Mowers says:

      I refuse to contribute in any way to a society rigged in such a fashion as to permanently impoverish 90% so that one class of the “I-Started-Out-Life-Already-Rich” get even richer off my hard work. I’d rather die with nothing than give them anything.

  6. John Unruh says:

    Where is the money? Work for the government is your only choice. “David, I have been following the Vallejo bankruptcy since it first occurred. My reading has informed me that there were no changes to police and firefighter pensions. They were and still are 90% of final year’s salary and can begin as early as age 50. Obviously, much overtime is worked in that final year to enhance the pension to over 100% of final pay. I have not seen where the cost of living increases were removed. This means that an officer can work 25 years, retire and collect 5 times or more in retirement than when they working. When I looked at this situation 3–4 years ago the average police officer was making $122,000 per year and the captains were over $200,000. As of this year the average police officer is costing the city $230,000 in salary and benefits and the average firefighter $211,000. For a city of 120,000 people this is unsustainable.

  7. John says:

    I, for one, find the statement that 1 out of 3 people don’t want to work to be a slap in the face of those that have lost their jobs because they were send overseas. Also to the author of the article I have a question and that is what does the word “want” have to do with anything? In 1961 when I was 15 I got my first job hauling cement in 5 gallon buckets and for the most part worked the entire time until July of 2008 except when I was in school or the service. On very few of those days did I ever “want” to go to work but I went for other reasons. I would venture a guess that the vast majority of those that the obviously arrogant author deems not wanting to work would welcome the opportunity to work if a job was available.

    • NC says:

      “Also to the author of the article I have a question and that is what does the word “want” have to do with anything?”

      I absolutely agree with ya. Just so you know, that would be RT News writing this story, not me. I only posted it. lol

  8. Strayhorse says:

    UNEMPLOYMENT CAN BE FIXED EASILY IN AMERICA BY THE END OF 2012 BY AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE OR EMERGENCY CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION OF THE FOLLOWING:

    AMERICANS CAN SAVE AMERICA.

    MILLIONS OF JOBS ARE AVAILABLE NOW; MILLIONS OF MORTGAGES SAVED NOW; MILLIONS OF STUDENT LOAN DEBTS CLEARED NOW; BILLIONS OF SOCIAL SECURITY COSTS SAVED NOW; AND THOUSANDS OF VETERANS THANKED NOW-INCLUDING HOMELESS VETERANS!

    The Social Security system, Medicare, Medicaid and many state social programs are at dire risk of imploding; employment has stagnated and is growing more critical; military personnel may or may not be coming home due to the lack of employment and supports for veterans; and current high school and college students face a bleak future of unemployment and debt.

    To relieve the pressure, prevent the collapse of a once vibrant and beneficial system of assistance to those in need; and to encourage support for those who have worked hard to support others, the time has come to initiate the following ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND STABILITY ACT.

    AN INVEST IN AMERICA (I AM AMERICA) – SOLUTION

    Please find below a simplistic compilation of suggestions for fixing America’s economy. Instead of giving any further bail-outs of billions of dollars to the banks, financial houses, or corporations that will squander the money on obscene and unearned bonuses without giving any thought to using those funds for the betterment of the poor and middle class, the following plans are presented instead:

    THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND STABILITY ACT (EFSA)

    PLAN A:
    There are 50-60 million baby boomers who remain employed in the work force. We suggest that the United States government offer each of those employed baby boomers $1 million dollars each, tax free, as severance to retire from their employment within 30 days of receipt of the $1 million dollar severance with the following stipulations:

    I. The new EFSA retiree MUST cease their current employment and not hire on as an employee anywhere in America ever again. 50-60 million job openings will occur – Younger potential employees and college graduates are then hired. Unemployment costs saved and employment opportunities will immediately be resolved. (The new retirees CAN start a business, and they can eventually hire new employees too).

    II. The new EFSA retiree MUST buy a new AMERICAN made energy saving, green rated automobile. With 50-60 million new American made vehicles ordered the auto industry will once again become stable and solvent with jobs and needed resources enjoying economic growth- Employment, Environment and Auto Industry fixed.

    III. The new EFSA retiree MUST either buy an American house/condo or pay off their existing mortgage thereby increasing jobs, and stabilizing the housing and mortgage issues – Employment and Housing Crisis fixed.

    IV. The new EFSA retiree MUST purchase a life insurance policy to insure that those who depend on them for support will be taken care of in the event of untimely death or medical setback. –Dependents and Caregiver Coverage Fixed.

    V. The new EFSA retiree MUST purchase and carry yearly medical, dental and vision coverage for themselves and their dependents, decreasing healthcare costs and burdens for the nation, and ensure continued wellbeing and quality of life. – Financial, Employment and Healthcare Coverage Fixed.

    VI. The new EFSA retiree MUST forfeit all future Social Security, Medicare, and/or Medicaid benefits decreasing trillions of dollars of social welfare costs; eliminating the financial burdens on the coming generations, and encouraging self-determination. Budget Deficit fixed.

    *** Certainly even some of the noted suggestions warrant further consideration, or the opportunity to be further elaborated on and implemented. Such an economic and stability program could be in effect by the end of 2011 without much financial investment considering the billions of taxpayer dollars being wasted each minute as you read this proposal.

    AMERICAN VETERAN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SACRAFICE ACT (AOS)

    PLAN B:

    1. 20-40 ACRES OF AMERICAN LAND AND AN AMERICAN MADE TRUCK (NEW OR USED) WILL BE PROVIDED ALL HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS.

    2. VETERANS MUST GROW SOMETHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY ON THE LAND (FOOD, LIVESTOCK,
    WILD GAME, PRODUCTS, ETC)

    3. VETERANS CANNOT SELL, CONVEY, USE AS COLLATERAL OR TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF THE LAND
    FOR 20 YEARS. THE TRUCK CAN BE SOLD OR OWNERSHIP CONVEYED AFTER FIVE YEARS.

    4. THE LAND CAN BE INHERITED BY DEPENDENTS OF THE VETERAN BUT CANNOT BE SOLD, CONVEYED, USED AS COLLATERAL OR TRANSFERRED OUT OF THE FAMILY FOR 20 YEARS.

    5. VETERANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR STEWARDSHIP OF THE LAND TO INCLUDE ALL WASTE CREATED ON THE LAND.

    6. THE LAND CANNOT BE A BLIGHT ON THE COMMUNITY, OR THE LAND CAN BE RECOVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS FORFEITURE FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE LAND AS IT WAS INTENDED TO BE USED.

    With the implementation of the SEVERANCE AND VETERAN ACTS, America’s students will see a brighter future to invest their efforts and talents while creating plentiful jobs without fear of increasing the unemployment ranks.

    STUDENTS TO PROFESSIONALS ACT – (STP)

    PLAN C:

    THIS PROGRAM WAS CREATED TO CONNECT HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS TO EMPLOYERS WHO WILL ACT AS BENEFACTORS, MENTORS AND INVESTORS IN THE STUDENTS’ FUTURE PROFESSIONAL AMBITIONS BY FUNDING A STUDENT’S EDUCATION OR SKILL TRAINING ON A 1:1 RATIO:

    ONE YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT WITH THE SPONSORING COMPANY FOR ONE YEAR OF COLLEGE OR SKILL TRAINING.

    1. A SPONSORED STUDENT WILL WORK SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS OF EACH SUMMER ATER THEIR SOPHOMORE YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL UNTIL THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, AS AN INTERN WITH THE EMPLOYER-SPONSOR WHO HAS CONTRACTED TO INVEST IN THE STUDENT’S COLLEGE OR TRADE SCHOOL TUITION.

    2. ONCE THE STUDENT GRADUATES FROM THE COLLEGE OR TRADE SCHOOL OF THEIR CHOICE, THE STUDENT WILL WORK ONE YEAR FOR THE EMPLOYER-SPONSOR FOR EVERY YEAR THE EMPLOYER-SPONSOR FUNDED THAT STUDENT’S EDUCATION OR TRAINING.

    3. SAID EMPLOYMENT WILL BE AT A COMPETITIVE RATE OF PAY, WAGE, SALARY AS DETERMINED BY THE MARKET AT THE TIME OF COMPLETION OF COLLEGE OR TRAINING.

    4. CONTRACT AND NEGOTIATIONS REGARDING COLLEGE/TRAINING TUITION/EXPENSES AND EMPLOYER REIMBURSEMENT WILL BE DEFINED BY ARBITRATION AND STANDARDS DETERMINED BY THE DEPT OF LABOR.

    *** THIS PROGRAM WILL CREATE AN AMERICAN TRANSITIONAL VIABLE WORK FORCE WITH PRACTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE FOR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS-SPONSORS TO ACCESS AND MENTOR.

    *** THIS PROGRAM WILL CREATE JOBS AND DIRECTLY CONNECT THE WORKFORCE WITH THE INDUSTRIES IN NEED OF HUMAN CAPITAL.

    *** THIS PROGRAM WILL ENABLE STUDENTS TO TRANSITION TO EMPLOYMENT WITH A DIRECT INVESTMENT IN THEIR FUTURE, WHILE BOLSTERING THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF THE NATION.

    With the implementation of these simple SEVERANCE, VETERAN & STUDENT ACTS, America’s economy, spirit, and future will exponentially expand beyond the nation’s current burdens and constraints, with prosperity and renewed –
    AN INVEST IN AMERICANS (I AM AMERICA) – SOLUTION.

    • Henry Shivley says:

      This is backdoor communism. The government is going to give me a million dollars and then tell me what to spend it on?
      Do not post this again. We are not communists.
      We will take back our country and then our stolen wealth, after which we will spend it as we please and our country will thrive.
      And you can shove those clean energy cars where the sun doesn’t shine.

  9. sarum says:

    Henry, I was taught not to criticise or complain unless I could present an acceptable alternative. What is your solution to these problems?

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