(un)Employment Report

(un)Employment Report

In a regular monthly exercise in statistical flim-flam, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the jobless numbers for November 2011.

The meaningless unemployment rate in the headlines: 8.6%, down a whopping 0.4% from last month. The real unemployment rate: 15.6% (includes people who no longer get unemployment benefits, need work but have stopped looking because it’s futile, or have only found part-time work). Some even put that real rate at 18.8. Learn more here.

120,000 new jobs were added in November, but 40,000 of those are low-paying retail jobs. 13 million American workers are without jobs, and most of the unemployed receive no benefit payments. Another 11 million Americans are working part-time but need full-time jobs.


“Don’t celebrate the jobs report just yet,” Robert Reich, Salon


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One Response to “(un)Employment Report”

  1. rawfulnews Says:

    Luckily I received one of those jobs. I work at Macy’s. I graduated with a degree in Political Science. Only thing out there.

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