Liberals love to bring all the jobs that Obama has “created” since he’s taken office. Something like 2.1 million jobs. Of course, the only way a government can create jobs is by growing itself. Make existing departments bigger. Or add a few or a few hundred. Expand government programs. Sure, it gives new meaning to the term “redundant,” but at least these people have jobs. And their paychecks are being written by the taxpayers.
In whatever capacity that the Obama administration believes that it has created jobs, it’s also allowed millions more to drop out of the labor force altogether. And if you’ve given up looking for work, then you don’t get counted as “unemployed.” The unemployment rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes up with isn’t affected by people like you. You’re simply “not in the labor force.” You’re not unemployed. You may think you are, but you’re not in the eyes of the government. This is why the official unemployment rate might go down even though more people are unemployed.
So, while there have been 2.1 million jobs created since Obama took office, there have also been about 10 million people that have for whatever reason dropped out of the labor force:
In from July to August, according to BLS, Americans not participating in the labor force climbed from 89,957,000 to 90,473,000, pushing past 90,000,000 for the first time, with a one month increase of 516,000. In September, it climbed again to 90,609,000, an increase of 136,000 during the month. In January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, there were 80,507,000 Americans not in the labor force. Thus, the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 10,102,000 during Obama’s presidency.
And while the Dems badger the Republicans for their “war on women,” the number of women in the labor force has fallen to a 24-year low. Thanks to the BLS’s numbers game, in spite of a record number of women leaving the work force, the unemployment rate actually decreased among women:
…[E]ven though 154,000 fewer women worked in August than September, the unemployment rate for women dropped from 6.8 percent to 6.7 percent. As calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a person participates in the labor force if they are 16 or older, not institutionalized, and either have a job or have actively sought a job in the last four weeks. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of people over 16 in the non-institutionalized population who either have a job or actively sought one in the last four weeks. In September, according to BLS, the labor force participation rate for women was 57.1 percent, down from 57.3 percent in August and 57.4 percent in July. The female labor force participation rate had also dropped to 57.1 percent this March. Prior to this March and September, however, the last time the female labor force participation rate dropped as low as 57.1 percent was in February 1989—24 years ago.
So, Obama can tout how in addition to his “creating” 2.1 million jobs, unemployment among women has decreased. What he won’t tell you is how many people have given up looking for work and are not categorized as unemployed, and that many of those people are women. In fact, a record number of them are women. I guess he could just blame that on the tea party.