HolyCoast: Another Miserable Employment Report

Friday, June 01, 2012

Another Miserable Employment Report

I guess they couldn't chase enough people out of the work force this month to drop the unemployment rate below 8%.  From James Pethokoukis:
The May jobs report was a complete and utter disaster for the economy and, perhaps, President Obama’s chances for reelection.

Employers created just 69,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. That’s the fewest since May of last year. Economists had been expecting nonfarm payrolls to increase by 150,000. Moreover, companies added 49,000 fewer jobs than previously estimated in March and April. Talk about a slowdown. The average monthly gain was 226,000 in first quarter vs. an average of just 73,000 in April and May.

Oh, and the U-3 unemployment rate rose to 8.2% from 8.1%. The broader U-6 gauge, which also measures underemployment, rose to 14.8% from 14.5%. The labor force participation rate did, finally, tick up to a still-low 63.8%, lending credence to the idea that the shrinking workforce reflects discouraged workers and not just demographics.
Look how well the nearly trillion dollar Porkulus is working (larger version here):
Re-electing Obama would be tantamount to national suicide.


Larry said...

"labor force participation rate did, finally, tick up"

A symptom of:

1. Unemployment benefits were being cut off due to the unemployment rate falling by one-tenth of a percent.

2. Unemployed people looked for work due to the perception (by some) that the economy was improving.

Larry said...

Month / Payroll Growth (jobs added)
January / 275,000
February / 259,000
March / 143,000
April / 77,000
May / 69,000

Sam L. said...

Perception, unwarranted, one each, as we used to say in the service.