The BLS shows that in June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, the total number of people employed had climbed to 143, 262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the six months since June.
In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000 These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.
In October, federal, state and local governments in the United States employed 20,524,000 people. In November, that climbed to 20,559,000. As recently as July, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS. That month, government employed only 20,015,000. Since July, governments have added 544,000 workers to their payrolls.
Are the fallen unemployment claims for overall employment just more smoke and mirrors from this administration? There is no election to be won, so why the hoax? If we look at the numbers this way -- 146,000 new jobs, most of them in the public sector, 360,000 people whose unemployment benefits have expired and who are still not working, and 122,000 new people who have entered the workforce, the total net job loss is about 336,000.
Under President Obama, the unemployment level had been above 8% for 43 consecutive months. To put that in perspective, in the previous 60 years, the unemployment rate topped 8% in a total of only 39 months. But now suddenly we're supposed to believe things are turning around? Maybe for government workers they are...but not for private sector job seekers.
It seems Obama's "fundamental transformation" of America is carrying on as he planned. Unfortunately, this is not good news for any of us who'd like to see America survive and thrive.
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