The Economy 10-5-12

The new Unemployment rate is out.

And it’s dropped to 7.8%— Yay!

Or not.

CBS would like you to think so.

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for work.

The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months. The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office.

The decline could help Obama, who is coming off a disappointing debate performance against GOP challenger Mitt Romney.”

It’s not until the last paragraph that they mention this,

“Still, many of the jobs added last month were part time. The number of people with part-time jobs who wanted full-time work rose 7.5 percent to 8.6 million.”

Read more here

More here from AEI

“Is this the Obama October Surprise?

Only in an era of depressingly diminished expectations could the September jobs report be called a good one. It really isn’t. Not at all.

1. Yes, the U-3 unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, the first time it has been below 8% since January 2009. But that’s only due to a flood of 582,000 part-time jobs. As the Labor Department noted:

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) rose from 8.0 million in August to 8.6 million in September. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”

“4. The shrunken workforce remains shrunken. If the labor force participation rate was the same as when President Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 10.7%. If the participation rate had just stayed steady since the start of the year, the unemployment rate would be 8.4% vs. 8.3%. Where’s the progress?”

Read more here

And this from ZeroHedge

“We already noted the absolutely stunning surge in reported Household Survey jobs which “added” 873,000 jobs, or the most since 2003 and the
second most in the past decade, which was just a little bit off the Household Survey used in the monthly NFP jobs changes, which came at 114,000, or about 8
times less. But what was the reason for this epic jump in Household survey jobs? Simple, and those who have read our series on America’s transition to a
part-time worker society know the answer. The reason is that the number of part-time people employed for economic reasons soared by 582,000 to 8,613,000,
the most since October 2011, and the largest one month jump since February 2009, when “restoring” confidence in the economy was all the rage… and just before
the Fed announced the full blown QE1 in March of 2009. Odd symmetry.

So putting it all together, what does this mean for the true state of the US economy? Recall back in September one of our Charts of the Day was the number of Unemployed and Underemployed for the month of August, which was 25.8 million. Readers may be surprised to learn that when putting it all together, in September this number increased to 26.2 million.”

The charts are here

Rick Santelli over at CNBC isn’t buying it.

You can see the whole video from CNBC here

Good news? Depends who you ask.

5 thoughts on “The Economy 10-5-12

  1. I hope Americans are smarter than that. Don’t fall for this junk… This administration and appointed officials have done their dead level best to kill off our economy, whilst posturing that they are saving it…

    Just one more example of continuing dishonesty. Rick Santorum is exactly right.


  2. Whereas I hope there really has been an uptick in the economy because that would be good for the country — to heck with the elections on that score.


  3. Serious people in the field of finance and economics pay little attention to the U3 number that went drown to 7.8% and a lot of attention to U6 that stayed at 14.7%. U6 includes discouraged workers who have dropped out of the labor market or have undesirable part time jobs. Of course, most politicians like U3 .

    The hard truth is that the economy is stagnating with anemic below 2% growth.


  4. Coyote,
    I wish I could say I think the economy is getting better. But the sad truth is that the fundamentals that were bad in 2008, are worse now, and we’re a lot farther in debt.

    The business I work for has been busy for the past 8 quarters, and we’re doing well…

    …but I still don’t trust this massive debt bubble. As Chas has said for the past four years – the money doesn’t exist.


  5. From Newsmax online

    Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that he and President Barack Obama want to raise $1 trillion in taxes on the wealthy as part of a plan to let some Bush-era tax cuts expire, giving Republicans fresh fodder to criticize the Democratic ticket just days after the vice president said the middle class has been buried during the past four years.

    “On top of the trillions of dollars in spending that we have already cut, we’re going to ask the wealthy to pay more. My heart breaks. Come on man,” Biden said, during a stop in the battleground state of Iowa.

    Biden said Romney and other Republicans often say ‘Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars.’ Guess what? Yes, we do in one regard: We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super-wealthy. That’s not a tax raise. That’s called fairness where I come from.”

    Google search says there at 7.8 million millionaires in the US. If we took everything they own, we could get 7.8 trillion dollars. Obviously this much money isn’t coming from millionaires.
    Where is is coming from?

    It’s coming from you Bubba, it’s coming from you.


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