November 3, 2011

So how many people are fully employed?

Stick with this. It's an eye-opener.

The unemployment rate you hear reported in the news ("8.9% unemployment this past month") doesn't tell the whole story because it doesn't account for discouraged workers. The raw jobs numbers you hear reported in the news ("XXX jobs created last month") don't tell the whole story either, because the total number of working-age Americans -- those 16 and older -- also changes every month. For example, if the raw jobs number goes up by ten thousand and the working-age population goes up by twenty thousand, then unemployment has worsened even though the raw "jobs created" reports sound good.

The one statistic that tells the whole story is the Employment-Population Ratio, a number between 0 and 100 that tells you what percentage of working-age Americans are fully employed. Here's an updated version of an infographic I put together by combining the Employment-Population Ratio with a color-coded representation of which party controlled the Presidency, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives (Democrats in blue, Republicans in red). The chart starts on January 31, 1948 and ends on December 31, 2012. Click on it to see it at full size.

Employment-population ratio

That horrible nosedive on the right is what you get when you put today's Democrat Party in charge of the federal government. And here I was, thinking the Carter years (1977-1981) were bad.

Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter

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