by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
The employment report isn’t worth discussing, quite frankly. We already know ad nauseum that the report is completely fabricated and, perhaps, only reflects a modicum of what is really happening in the U.S. labor market. That is, the report shows that most of the employment “gains” are occurring in the part-time segment of the labor force, while full-time jobs continue to disappear.
The only purpose served by dissecting the report is to “legitimize” the number as if those are the numbers we should be discussing. The talking heads and economic “experts” in the financial media look like complete idiots when they engage in passionate discourse about a “tight labor market” and an “improving employment situation.” It’s beyond absurd.
Furthermore, we already know that the labor force participation rate continues to decline into oblivion. Again, it’s become obvious over the last several years that the U.S. economy is quickly approaching the point at which more than one-third of the population is not even considered to be part of the “workforce.” That fact is starting to put me to sleep – and perhaps that’s the goal of these Government manipulated economic reports.
But one area of the report did catch my eye. According to Government data-collectors and statisticians, the number of workers over the age of 55 surged to an all-time high, while the number of workers in the 25-54 age bucket plunged by 131k. Even if that latter number not the real number, it certainly reflects some sort of statistical reality. In fact, I would bet the real number is even bigger. This fact becomes obvious when you walk into any retail big box stores and grocery stores – not just Costco or Home Depot – and you see AARP members performing menial tasks like greeting and thanking customers, collecting grocery baskets and even bagging merchandise. The Social Security set is being forced back to work and its crowding out the prime segment of the workforce who might otherwise take those jobs or who don’t take them because they don’t pay enough.
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