(Mostly) Useful Government Numbers About Poverty, Jobs, and Unemployment, including the Latest Employment Report for February 2024    

By Frank Stricker A Failed Number             Does the Federal Government regularly publish estimates of what a reasonably comfortable living standard would be for an average household? There must be something somewhere. A government agency does publish poverty lines–aka, poverty thresholds–and its experts tell us how many people fall below… Read More (Mostly) Useful Government Numbers About Poverty, Jobs, and Unemployment, including the Latest Employment Report for February 2024    

The Full Count: April 2021 Unemployment Data

The Full Count: April 2021 Unemployment Data Officially unemployed: 9.8 million (6.1%) Hidden unemployment: 11.8 million (Includes 5.2 million people working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job; and 6.6 million people who want jobs, but are not actively looking) Total: 21.6 million (12.9% of the labor force) There are 2.7 job-wanters for each available job! For… Read More The Full Count: April 2021 Unemployment Data

“Why Won’t Workers Work?”: The April Jobs Report, and Real Full Employment 

By FRANK STRICKER The federal survey of business and governmental organizations for April 2021, showed that job additions were much lower than expected–266,000 instead of more than expected 900,000. The household survey, from which we get numbers on the labor force and unemployment, showed that more people had jobs. But more were also looking for… Read More “Why Won’t Workers Work?”: The April Jobs Report, and Real Full Employment