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State Capitalism: 73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months are in Government

Posted by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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State Capitalism: 73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months are in Government

KYLE BECKER DECEMBER 8, 2012 9:01 AM 

The United States government is propping up the dismal labor market by simply absorbing workers into its ranks. As CNS News reports, 73.3% of new civilian jobs in the last five months are due to government hiring:

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.

Elsewhere on the employment front, the mainstream media are doing cartwheels over news that the unemployment rate ticked down from 7.9% in October to 7.7% in November. The celebration comes as 540,000 dropped out of the workforce, and the labor force participation rate dropped to 63.6%. This is slightly up from the thirty-year low of 63.5% in September.

The 7.7% figure that is being heralded by the media is not seasonally adjusted; excluding the temporary hires for the holiday retail season, the unemployment figure rises to 8.3%. The underemployment rate, which reflects those who have been hired part-time, but would actually like to work full-time, climbed to 9.4% in November from 8.9% in October.

This underemployment figure is destined to grow, as worker hours are being slashed to under 30-hours, which is the threshold where Obamacare healthcare coverage mandate for employers with more than 50 full-time workers kicks in.

In related news, the unemployment rate for civilian government workers dropped from 4.2 percent in October to 3.8 percent in November. The unemployment rate for government workers in July was 5.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis has made it clear that she believes it is a role of the government to take money from the rich and to use that "revenue" to subsidize social services. According toDiscovertheNetworks:

On April 5, 2012, Solis delivered a speech at Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network, where she stated that imposing higher taxes on the wealthy was justified: "It's about fairness," she said. "It's about fairness in the workplace; it's about fairness in education; and it's about fairness in terms of what services are provided by government.... [T]hose that can afford it, the billionaires and millionaires ... want to pay more because they know it's their obligation!"

As socialism from above continues to be popular on the American left, people are going to learn the hard way that there are consequences for letting the state run their lives. One of those consequences is that an economy that is founded on private property, voluntary exchange, and entrepreneurial risk will crumble if re-placed on a foundation of government coercion, taxation, and unlimited debt.

Fundamental transformation is not as glamorous as it sounds; especially in one of the most prosperous, upwardly mobile, and complex societies in the world.

 

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shannonnigans
by Silver Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM
From a board member of Tea Party Nation, consumed with his own war with socialism...still going on and on even though the election is over...
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_Kissy_
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Corporations/companies aren't hiring. People need a paycheck. A job is a job.
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stringtheory
by Bronze Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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Interesting that the corporations that are NOT creating jobs are in an economic climate that includes years of tax cuts and record profits...

Quoting _Kissy_:

Corporations/companies aren't hiring. People need a paycheck. A job is a job.
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gsprofval
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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We need fewer government jobs, not more. Could save so much money just by making government smaller!

Erinelizz
by Bronze Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM
If this 73% statistic is true, then I see it as partially a good thing considering how many government jobs have been cut over the past two years. But it just doesn't add up. The BLS said that 18,000 public jobs were added in July, 45,000 in August, and 10,000 in September, and 1,000 lost in November. I can't find October numbers, but if we've really added 621,000 public sector jobs in the past 5 months, then that means we added 549,000 public jobs in October. Really?? Can someone please help me out here, using a source other than CNS News?

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Erinelizz
by Bronze Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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We need fewer teachers, police, firefighters, soldiers, air traffic controllers, DoT workers? If you say so. We have already cut government workers to record low levels, adding to our unemployment rate, so I'm glad to see that we're adding employees again.


Quoting gsprofval:

We need fewer government jobs, not more. Could save so much money just by making government smaller!


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gsprofval
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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FYI teachers, police, firefighters, soldiers, etc. are already being cut even though those are not the cuts needed.  How about cut out all of obama's stupid cabinets, commissions, etc. Those are NOT needed, but all those people earn big bucks.

Quoting Erinelizz:

We need fewer teachers, police, firefighters, soldiers, air traffic controllers, DoT workers? If you say so. We have already cut government workers to record low levels, adding to our unemployment rate, so I'm glad to see that we're adding employees again.


Quoting gsprofval:

We need fewer government jobs, not more. Could save so much money just by making government smaller!



gsprofval
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM
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gsprofval
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

118,000 Jobs Created in Nov.

The payroll-processing firm ADP reported that 118,000 private-sector jobs were created in November—but estimated that 86,000 were lost due to Hurricane Sandy. The firm, which releases a monthly jobs report the same week as the Labor Department, recently revamped its methodology to more closely fit the final, official numbers. Despite adding the new jobs, the report wasn’t all rosy: Hurricane Sandy hit the manufacturing, retail, and leisure and hospitality sectors particularly hard, the report said.

December 5, 2012 9:48 AM

jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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I'm not sure how the author of the OP came to that conclusion, but it sure doesn't seem to be supported by the actual reports.

Almost every sector of government job growth has reduced in number, other than state, mostly in education.

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm

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