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Friday, July 05, 2013

June 2013 Jobs Numbers

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest jobs numbers, reporting that after adding 195,000 jobs, the unemployment rate remained unchanged in June from May’s rate of 7.6%.

Even One Year Later
Still Sucks!
Editor's Comment: The Department of Labor report released this morning showed U.S. unemployment rate was at 7.6% and that the economy added 195,000 jobs in June. Reaction to the news was mixed.

 I cannot see how anyone can say that 7.6% unemployment is good when exactly one year ago almost everyone, except a few liberals, considered 8.2% unemployment as bad. The improvement over a twelve month period of .oo6 is marginal and not worthy of rejoicing. With nearly $17 trillion in debt and millions of Americans still looking for work, this report underlines just how much work is left to be done to revive a stagnant economy and how the uncertainty of looming regulations is holding us back. So, I am again rolling out the"Economy Sucks" image   - because folks, that is the reality!

Washington, led by the Obama Administration, has done little to ease our economic problems. Instead of taking substantive steps to put our economy back on a firm foundation, Washington has driven us deeper into debt in addition to increasing taxes and burdensome new regulations at the expense of job-creating businesses.

Despite the scramble to delay some harmful portions of Obamacare, the uncertainty and chaos surrounding its implementation will only continue to loom over the heads of small business owners across the country. In fact, many businesses have already been forced to cut hours or freeze hiring as a result of the new regulations.

The reality is that there is wasteful spending that should be cut, and all it takes is for lawmakers to set priorities and make the tough decisions they claimed were impossible. It is time for Washington to take responsibility for its overspending, give the keys to the economy back to businesses and hardworking Americans, and remove the uncertainty that is plaguing our country. Our economy deserves better. We deserve better.

However before sharing the reactions, a closer look at the June Unemployment numbers:
  • Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 195,000.
  • Unemployment rate: 7.6 percent
  • Total unemployed: 11.8 million
  • Total underemployed (unemployed, underemployed, or stopped looking): 14.3 percent
  • Total underemployed: 22.6 million
  • Total stopped looking (discouraged workers): 1 million
  • Increase in the civilian labor force: 177,000
  • Long-term unemployed: 4.3 million
  • The adult male unemployment rate of 7 percent showed little change.
  • Adult women unemployment rate increased to 6.8 percent for June.
  • The unemployment rate for Hispanics stayed the same at 9.1 percent.
  • Teens continued to experience the highest unemployment at 24 percent.
  • The unemployment rate for individuals with a high school diploma and no college is 7.6 percent, increasing from 7.4 percent in May.
  • The unemployment rate for individuals with a bachelor's degree remained essentially the same at 3.9 percent.
  • The number of unemployed increased in June to 11.8 million.
  • Of the 11.8 million Americans unemployed, 4.3 million have been looking for work for over six months, a decrease of 29,000 from May.
Mixed:  Nathan Mehrens, President of Americans for Limited Government, noted a light in the midst of the report: "Today's unemployment report is clear proof that doomsayers who predicted that the federal government spending cuts contained in the sequester would harm economic growth were spectacularly wrong. The report shows that the private sector gained 202,000 jobs, and taxpayer funded employment continues to fall. This is great news, and an affirmation that the size and scope of government has been a drag on economic growth.

"Even with this good news, it is clear that business hiring is still in a wait and see mode as employment increases largely centered on temporary workforce hiring. Private sector hiring is clearly still in a wait and see mode with Obamacare implementation and a promised regulatory explosion slowing job opportunity creation.

"It cannot be lost that the damage done by Obama's $14 trillion four year spending spree is not easily fixed. It is unacceptable that after all the promises, deficit spending, and massive Federal Reserve money printing, the unemployment rate remains at 7.6 percent, with 16.9 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed.

"These 16.9 million who have been left on the sidelines of economic recovery need Congress to act aggressively in defunding those agencies that are killing jobs through Obama's misguided regulatory agenda. This is a battle worth fighting, because every American deserves a shot at the American dream, and no one should be robbed of hope by the job destroying Obama regulatory state."

Mixed:  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said "There’s some good news in this report, but economic growth is still tepid, the unemployment rate is far too high, and the president continues to promote policies that undermine robust job creation. Just look at the last few weeks: the president admits that his health care law is a drag on businesses; he threatens to veto a bill based on his own plan to make paying for college easier, then watches quietly as Senate Democrats let interest rates double; and he makes up new reasons to delay the Keystone pipeline in a speech about imposing a national energy tax. Imagine how many jobs would be created if the president stopped trying to expand government and started working with Republicans on policies that create sustained economic growth and expand opportunity for all Americans.”

Negative: Evan Feinberg, President of Generation Opportunity, responded: “The White House will undoubtedly try to spin this morning’s jobs report as evidence that their policies of higher taxes and unsustainable deficits are actually creating more opportunities – young people know better.

“Young people are finding fewer opportunities and are being saddled with the costs of our country's unsustainable deficits.

“This week, Washington leaders failed once again to reach an agreement on student loan interest rates – never mind the fact that they never even bothered to address the underlying issue – skyrocketing tuition costs.

“Next we can look forward to a whole slew of new environmental regulations that will further inhibit job creation and screw over a generation that nobody seems to realize is suffering.”

Generation Opportunity addresses the concerns of specific to 18-29 year olds. They note that while the effective (U6) unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds adjusts for labor force participation by including those who have given up looking for work, is 16.1% (NSA). However, the declining labor force participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs. Note that the (U3) unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans is 23.7% (NSA)!

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