According to CNS news:
“Federal, state and local governments hired a net additional 338,000 workers in November, equaling 41 percent of the total of 818,000 net additional jobs created in the United States during the month.”
In November, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.3% to 7.0%. For anyone simply looking at surface numbers, that’s a good thing. It seems that under Obama, our economy might not be so bad. However—as with most things with this president—take a deeper look, and it all comes crashing down.
Out of the 818,000 jobs created during the month of November, a whopping 41% were government jobs. More from CNS:
“At the same time, the unemployment rate for government workers fell from 4.4 percent in October to 3.2 percent in November.”
The Obama Administration bursts into fits of joy and celebration every time the unemployment numbers go down. Look more closely, and you’ll see it’s all an act. What purpose do falling unemployment numbers serve? Normally, they would be a fine indicator of the direction of our economy—whether we are in decline or resurgence. But when a lower unemployment number includes hundreds of thousands of government jobs, that lower number becomes deceptive. Obama and his crew know that very well.
When the numbers fall, the socialist brigade can pat themselves on the back on national television, and tell Americans that the system works. Never mind that the unemployment percentage—even with the boon of government jobs—has stayed at or above 7.0% for years, any reduction means progress.
Once we become accustomed to something, like high gas prices, we are always pleasantly surprised when the numbers go down, even if we used to pay much less. The price of gas rises above $4.00 on a regular basis, and every time, without fail, when the price drops below $4.00, we rejoice. Yay! Gas is so cheap now! Wait, wasn’t gas $2.00 just a few years ago?
The gas price principle applies to the jobs numbers. It’s a farce. We look at 7.0% unemployment as if Obama has cured cancer, but 7.0% is still high. In addition, the numbers are being artificially lowered because of the massive volume of government jobs being created. In reality, these jobs numbers are abysmal. We have had high unemployment for so many years now that it has become normal.
Obama continues to tell us that his predecessor is at fault, that he inherited a mess. But when will it be his fault? I can answer that: never. Obama will never take real responsibility for anything. He will continue to use the gas price principle to deceive us into believing that 7.0% unemployment is a wonderful achievement. When the unemployment percentage jumps back up to 7.5%, and once again falls back down to 7.0%, we will rejoice, hailing Obama’s economy. It’s a cyclical joke.
It’s a farce, and we fall for it every time.