92.9 Million Americans Are Out Of The Labor Force

WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION HITS FRESH 38-YEAR LOW …  || By FITSNEWS || America’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in December (its lowest level since June 2008).  Meanwhile another quarter million new jobs were created in December, according to the monthly job report released by the U.S. Bureau of…


|| By FITSNEWS || America’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in December (its lowest level since June 2008).  Meanwhile another quarter million new jobs were created in December, according to the monthly job report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Good news, right?  Sure … if you’re not paying attention.

Mainstream media outlets like The Wall Street Journal touted America’s “strongest year of job growth in 15 years” and a new “postrecession low” in unemployment as “evidence of momentum for the labor market.”

The only problem?  The labor pool continued to shrink, wages also declined and the quality of jobs continued to diminish – a sad testament to the “recovery” created by the economic policies of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Most important for those of you keeping score at home, America’s labor participation dropped in December to 62.7 percent – its lowest reading since December 1977.  Translated into hard numbers?  A total of 92.9 million working age Americans were not part of the labor force – a new record.

“Only 111,000 more Americans were employed in December than the month before, while 456,000 people abandoned the workforce entirely. That is how the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in spite of extremely disappointing job growth numbers,” said Rick Manning, vice president of public policy and communications for Americans for Limited Government.

Meanwhile the nation’s civilian employment-to-population ratio remained stuck at 59.2 percent for the fourth consecutive month.

Here’s what that “jobs recovery” looks like courtesy of our friends at Zero Hedge

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civilian employment rate

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On the wage front, hourly earnings slid by 0.2 percent after a 0.4 percent gain in November – the steepest decline since the BLS began tracking the measure eight years ago.

Yeah … where’s the “consumer renaissance?”  And bear in mind this income stagnation comes as Americans are having to pay more money than ever for health insurance.

“It was hardly a Merry Christmas for Americans who are trying to get ahead in spite of the headwinds created by the President’s regulatory policies,” Manning said.

Indeed …

While we continue to hope for the best, we see nothing in this labor report to indicate the American economy is roaring back to life … although we certainly welcome the debate.



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Jose' Jesus Sanchez Rodiquez January 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Holiday Seasonal jobs. Up next, seasonal lawn care jobs cause unemployment rates to drop.

tomstickler January 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

A more balanced report from Calculated Risk:

Eleven consecutive months over 200 thousand. Employment is now up 2.952 million year-over-year.

For total employment, 2014 was the best year since 1999.

For private employment, 2014 was the best year since 1997.

The Labor Force Participation Rate declined in December to 62.7%. A large portion of the recent decline in the participation rate is due to demographics.

The Employment-Population ratio was unchanged at 59.2%.

The unemployment rate declined in December to 5,6%.

FastEddy23 January 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Road Apples, all of it. Those yahoos are counting the g’ment jobs twice: once for getting off the unemployment rolls and once for getting their butt into a g’ment seat.

tomstickler January 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Well, then, your brilliant rebuttal leaves me in tears!!!!

GrandTango January 9, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Not to mention the number of FT jobs being turned into PT jobs…

And they are taking Temp Jobs, and if a worker gets 4 Temp assignments in a month, which may be one-day each…they are counting that as FOUR new jobs created by Obama…

They know if they can just throw data out there, the F*#king Idiots will believe it…because they don’t care about reality…Just leftwing power and GREED…

They are beginning to fear losing the White House in 2016, and being over-run by the GOP, sent by the people to clean up Obama’s hideous mess.

vicupstate January 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Yes, leave it to ‘Zero Credibility Hedge’ and FITS to distort reality with cherry-picked numbers taken out of context.

Notice how the ‘chart’ above looks like employment dropped off a cliff in 2007, but the numbers on the graph axis are based only on a 9% percentage point range, not 0-100. This visually exaggerates the change.

The Baby Boom generation has reached retirement age (they were 61 or younger in 2007), and even in a huge expansion there is virtually nothing that will keep total employment from falling. Plus the generation coming into working age are postponing work for college in greater numbers than ever.

Just Looks Soooo Big! January 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Yes, I noticed that shit too. Funny, most people don’t see it…

Plonk January 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm


Bible Thumper January 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm

It may only show 9% range, but the shaded area represents the recession. You can see there is very little improvement since.

This version by the BLS shows only a 6% range.

GrandTango January 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm

You a F*#King IDIOT….

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Tourette’s has got Damned Tango by the toe.

GrandTango January 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Here I give you a break and engage w/ you – trying to make you a little relevant – and you F*#k it up w/ your simple – can’t keep up – mind…LMAO…

Don’t ever say I did not give you a chance…. (:

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm

you’re killing your dogs, Damned Tango.

FastEddy23 January 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

JC Penny’s just announced the closure of 40 more stores. … That’s about 2000 jobs gone from the private sector, today.

The single and only thing that will bring back consumerism is a whooping big personal income tax cut … Instead the BummerCare fines kick in this month … ‘tween $565 and $18,000 per year in fines for failure to comply. … How many private sector jobs will that kill?

Rocky January 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

For an economy creating about 13,000 jobs a day – I’ll see your 2,000 JC Penny jobs and raise you 11,000 other well paying jobs.

GrandTango January 9, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Obamacare staffer is not a good job. Don’t get too attached to them…we have to REPEAL Obama-care, or we collapse. There is no option.

FastEddy23 January 12, 2015 at 11:43 am

“… creating about 13,000 jobs a day …”

?? That’s a pretty big number. Are you sure it is correct ??

13,000 new jobs per day = 4+ Million “new” jobs per year. I don’t remember seeing that in the news anywhere, certainly not in the business news.

Smirks January 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

JC Penney got screwed when they changed their pricing structure to get rid of all the marketing gimmicks that their competitors do. They’ve already abandoned that ship but they are still suffering from it.

Income tax cuts for the lower/middle class won’t happen. Don’t be so confident the GOP will give you that either. Last time I believe their proposal was for two brackets, 15% and 25%? Yeah… That mostly helps the rich, bro.

Plonk January 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

JC Penny screwed itself when it came out of the closet in support of dykes, lesbians, trans genders, cross dressers, and faggots. Sad you do not understand that. But then, that is your mindset from years of sniffing butt crack.

johnq January 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm

You should have signed up when you had the chance. Now pay up deadbeat. Why should we have to pay your hospital bills when you go broke after an illness?

FastEddy23 January 12, 2015 at 11:40 am

I already have a perfectly good health care plan and I don’t need the extra costs associated with the BummerCare/G’ment Central Planning/”progressive” Elitists/Socialized insurance/ … screw-ups.

euwe max January 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

They can’t afford the ticket to china.

Rocky January 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

So Labor participation is down, and we’re moving along creating 250K to 300K jobs a month with 4% GDP growth. I call that a vacation for those not having to go back to work.

GrandTango January 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Is all of your money counterfeit, too?

That's how I Rolled In '14 January 9, 2015 at 5:52 pm

$70,000 here! $5,000 more than last year.

GrandTango January 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Is that all you make?….Is that what welfare pays…???…LMAO…Now where is it you work???

At any rate…you seem to have some very dubious sounding claims…I can’t prove it, but my guess is you’re a LIAR regarding a lot of the claims you make…Your stories sound very contrived, as if someone is feeding them to you…

IRS January 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm

So, I’m willing to bet you made that much getting ads on that ghost town blog?? Lol…

snickering January 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Don’t be so hard on Grand Tango, he still believes the only real money is Confederate Dollars which lined the walls in the old brick building which provided excellent insulation.

FastEddy23 January 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Wooooo … There’ one born every minute!

idcydm January 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

It’s all about the numbers isn’t it…the President’s Nation is doing great and Governor’s South Carolina is a shit hole, figures don’t lie but liars figure.

GrandTango January 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I think the only thing saving this country is Republican governors, and overwhelmingly GOP legislatures.

We just need to get the courts (especially the SCOTUS) pro-American, so we can reject all of the imposing of very BAD policy onto free people in states that despise dictators, like Obama….

Let the liberal states HAVE Obama…they’ll be deserted – or like Indian reservations – in 10 years…while we prosper under a more conservative structure…

snickering January 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Grand Tango do you hear voices because you never mention anything resembling actual facts. If it’s so Bad in your mind you could check in a Hospital where they know how to semi-fix your problems. By the way you are going to need Obama Care to pay for it.

Plonk January 9, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Why so angry all the time?

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 7:21 am

That sounded more like pity.

sbuster1 January 10, 2015 at 10:28 am

Snickering: I must respectively disagree because I don’t think modern medicine, as good as it is, could ever even “semi-fix” his problems. I’m afraid he is permanently delusional.

Cyber Hobos January 10, 2015 at 8:33 am

And about a dozen of them spend all that extra time here at FitsNews.

FastEddy23 January 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Uh, … would that be the Obamanation?

johnq January 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Thankfully Obama has turned around the Bush/Republican depression.

Thanks Obama!

Plonk January 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Delusional kool aid crack pipe smoker.

Plink January 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

And yet he’s still better off than the average person in SC.

Follow the money(supply) January 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

The money supply is and has been expanding, hence the boom. With the suspension of QE, it will eventually contract(assuming they try to drain reserves and/or the reserves stay in the TBTF’s-but they could fire up the presses again too), then there will be a bust, worse than 08’…most likely it will be a stagflation type atmosphere because of the base that’s already been multiplied and the underlying structure can’t be supported in some areas, depending on where the reserves go.

The distortions from the money base expansion are immense, there’s no way to predict everything that is going to happen(let alone when)…but you simply can’t quadruple the base and expect prices never to rise….and once the bubbles pop people will learn that the economy can only handle so much pumping before investments aren’t sound and people are chasing yield.

GrandTango January 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Yet all these Liberals will swear the economy is GREAT and Obama is working a miracle…The miracle is fooling a bunch of Dumb@$$#$….but is it that hard when they are such willing idiots???….

There is NO recovery w/ no jobs and no wealth being created. Talk about the stock mkt. or gas prices all you want…and wait til Obama starts stripping what little you have to pay for Obamacare…

Many times we can absorb liberals…but unless we totally REVERSE all this hateful B@$t@*d has done, we’ll collapse….He’s a TOTAL F*#k up…like none before him, at a time we can least afford it….

Terry January 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Well the economy is not great, its just better than it was under Bush. Note the time period when the labor participation rate collapsed. It was during the Bush -GOP mini-Depression. It stopped falling in 2009 just after Bush left office and now its steadily improving.

GrandTango January 10, 2015 at 7:13 am

Most all of the recession (that is still going on) is under Obama. Recessions are natural and part of our economic cycle…Good leaders will bring us out of a Recession. After Clinton sued Microsoft to end the 90s technology economic boom and put us in a recession in 2000, Bush brought us out of it. Bush also thwarted the horrible damage 9-11 did to the economy…and we prospered for his 2 terms…

Bush had REAL 4.5 percent unemployment, income growth and an abundance of opportunity….Gas was cheap and our PRIVATE-SECTOR economy was REALLY expanding…

One of the BIGGEST lies since Hitler is the media BASHING Bush’s economy so relentlessly until they convinced the easily-led the that it was bad…and now persuading the ignorant that Obama is anything other than a TOTAL and Complete disaster…..

SC Taxpayers January 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm

If you got a job and brought in income besides the govt assistance checks you have a sunnier outlook. Don’t worry, our tax dollars will continue to support your pitiful self. You’re welcome.

euwe max January 9, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Obama brought us cheaper gas than Bush.

GrandTango January 10, 2015 at 7:05 am

Compare gas prices of the first 6 years of Bush to the first 6 years of Obama’s gas prices…

And you’ll find out that either you’re ignorant and uneducated…or a F*#king corrupt leftwing liar…that is so typical among you….

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 7:17 am

The difference is Bush’s watch saw gas go up to 4 bucks a gallon, while Obama’s watch saw gas go down to 2 bucks a gallon.

Now, don’t make me slap the shit out of you again. I hate it when you cry.

GrandTango January 10, 2015 at 9:06 am

Gas prices began going up – and this info. can be researched – in late 2006 when Congress was taken over by the Democrats…

Remember their NO DRILLING policy. Speculators LOVE to hear the NO DRILL exaltation from Democrats – at least when it pertains to oil.

When ignorant politicians signal meddling by the government in the supply of a resource…the price Skyrockets…

Bush did release some reserves in the summer of 08, and gas prices dropped to as low as $1.35 a gallon…before Obama F*#ked that up…and we have been paying through the nose since…

You represent yourself as a pretty ignorant A$$-hole…You need to get more educated before running your mouth…

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 11:19 am

So you admit Bush couldn’t do anything without emptying our reserves.

GrandTango January 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Our reserves are more abundant after he “emptied” them than they ever have been. They are easily replenished.

Oil is abundant, plentiful and should be cheap…if we can get you IGNORANT F*#k Democrats out of the way and use the oil like God intended…and fix this DISASTER of an Obama-conomy….

OPEC January 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Oh, my…”like God intended.” Boy, you crack us up…

GrandTango January 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Why does what I Believe have ANY affect on you???…Are you a NAZI or a Communist?…

I don’t care if you worship the Rain Forest or consult your Voodoo Shaman…though it does get old when you come demanding I clean up the mess you make of your lives with things like AIDS or starvation…after your false deities fail you…

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm

melt down!

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I just can’t stop slapping the shit out of you.

GrandTango January 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm

The fact that you’re ignorant (as in bliss) does help you, I’m sure…LMAO…

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

I must have hit a nerve for you to nervously post “LMAO”

euwe max January 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I just love it when you piss yourself in public like that.

Rakkasan January 10, 2015 at 7:24 am

Yes , we know that in your bubble, facts = liberal bias (or propaganda/lies) and that all who disagree with you are commies.

Craigslist January 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

GrandTango, just because you refuse to get a job, doesn’t mean the rest of the country is doing bad.

euwe max January 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Wall Street Journal: Employers do the most hiring since 1999

Get a job, crackers January 10, 2015 at 8:35 am

If there is anybody who would know about not participating in the labor force, it would be most FitsNews commenters.

Baby Monkey riding a pig? January 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm

What’s your job negro? Collecting welfare checks?

Get a job, crackers January 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Like this one^^^

RogueElephant January 10, 2015 at 8:53 am

Beautiful chart. Note that the Dims took over congress in 2007. My president did a great job of running the country till the Dims took over. Enough said. Numbers don’t lie.

Assembler B January 10, 2015 at 9:33 am

Talking jobs, Union Vote at Boeing coming to you in March.

truthmonger January 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Ah, but you seem to ignore a certain dynamic…. business profits continued to climb (and management bonuses increased), while wages were stagnant or reduced. Basically, greed is killing the economy. Some get even richer by manipulating the laws and public opinion (think about the average poor SC resident’s opinion of unions) while the majority struggle to keep head above water. If business owners possessed enough integrity to treat employees fairly, EVERYONE would be more successful. Unfortunately, businesses no longer take the long view, but rather focus on making decisions which result in short-term profit. The cost? long-term stability and survivability.

FastEddy23 January 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Hopefully the machinist in that picture is a contractor or doing piece work. = no w2 with holding … ;-}

FastEddy23 January 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

That chart? Oh Bummer … or as they say in France, Oh Bummaire’


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