Wake Up America by common
Somewhere between the lies and the rage lives sanity. It lives oppressed
and abused in a land which has quite literally, lost its soul. It lives
in a cold dingy room; it lives on hope and food stamps. It lives on
memories of the past which grow smaller in the rear view mirror as time
Without any further introduction, the November Bureau of labor
Statistics jobs report filled with wishful fantasies resplendent with
excuses, a turd polished to a fine, high gloss luster. From the
"Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 146,000 in November,
and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent. In 2012,
job gains have averaged 151,000 per month, essentially the same
as in 2011. In November, employment rose in retail trade,
professional and business services, and health care.
Before providing the details of this month's data, I would
like to comment on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on our November
estimates. On October 29, the storm made landfall on the
Northeast coast, causing severe damage in some states.
Nevertheless, response rates in the affected states were within
normal ranges in November. Our analysis leads us to conclude
that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national
employment and unemployment estimates for November. We will
release the November regional and state estimates on December
For weather conditions to reduce the estimate of payroll
employment, employees have to be off work for an entire pay
period and not be paid for the time missed. In our household
survey, persons with a job who miss work for weather-related
events are counted as employed whether or not they are paid for
the time off."
Wonderful, the largest utility in New Jersey estimates damages of over
300 million dollars calling it, the largest power outage in the state's
history. The Bureau of Labor Statistics crosses its fingers declaring
that storm related unemployment doesn't count. They will of course,
count all of the workers hired to repair this damage as proof positive
that our economic recovery polices are working.
Civilian non institutional population -- up by 191,000 new workers
Civilian labor force -- down by 350,000
Participation Rate -- down .2%
Employed -- down by 229,000
Unemployment rate -- down .2% (7.7%) U-3
Not in Labor Force -- up by 542,000
A city the size of Raleigh, North Carolina or New Haven, Connecticut
disappeared from the government's radar in the last 30 days. Only, this
542,000 were just workers, 542,000 Americans who have given up the
search for gainful employment. 542,000 Americans who face a holiday
season bereft of government assistance.
Just abandoned, just f*ck off and die, we no longer care about our own people.
Let's use conservative numbers here, shall we? Let's assume for a moment
that each of these 542,000 have only one other member in their
immediate family. Suddenly, the number of Americans affected becomes a
city the size of Columbus Ohio. Now image, not just a mom and dad, but
two children as well, facing the holidays with very little, as we have
now reached a city of over two million souls, a city the size of
Baltimore Maryland abandoned. Can you see the good news as it is
proclaimed to us? 146,000 new jobs!
Number of Americans employed October 2012 -- 143,384,000
Unemployment rate October 2012- 7.9 percent
Number of Americans employed November 2012 -- 143,262,000
Unemployment rate November 2012 -- 7.7 percent
September -- 12,088, 000
October -- 12,258,000
November - 12,029,000
Before we move on, one more factoid from "Not in Labor Force"
Not in Labor Force November 2011 -- 86,503,000
Not in Labor Force November 2012 - 88,883,000
You see, it's like a sausage factory, they just grind them up and spit
them out and don't you dare ask what's inside, because you don't want to
know. 2,380,000 Americans no longer in the workforce, but life goes on,
doesn't it? So they live on Food Stamps, but Washington is going to fix
that as well, aren't they? They have a plan, don't they, to cut that
Food Stamp budget, because as you can plainly see they have fixed the
The U-6 unemployment rate, the closest figure we have to real and semi-
accurate stands this month at 14.4 percent, last November it stood at
15.6 percent. A decline of 1.2 percent in twelve months and with a
straight face, they call this good news. Because as the workers burn
through their unemployment benefits the numbers appear to improve and
states can now cut extended benefits to the unemployed.
The number of Average Weekly Hours -- Total Private; this November -- 34.6
and last November 34.6, no improvement, just the same as before, the
Then this little ditty is attached at the end of the commissioner's statement;
"The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for September was
revised from +148,000 to +132,000, and the change for October was
revised from +171,000 to +138,000."
Construction and extraction occupations:
Employed -- November 2011 - 7,440,000
Employed -- November 2012 -- 7,178,000
A loss of 362,000 jobs
Unemployed -- November 2011 -- 1,151,000
Unemployed -- November 2012 - 1,066,000
"Employment in construction declined by 20,000 in November, with much of
the loss occurring in construction of buildings (-11,000). Since early
2010, employment in construction has shown no clear trend." - Bureau of
The bureau might not see a trend, but I damn sure do, People are being
driven from their fields of employment by an inability to make a living
The number of "Goods Producing" jobs declined by 22,000 this month.
Manufacturing fell by 7,000 jobs and primary metals shed 1,700 jobs in
thirty days. Semi conductors and electronic components lost 2,300 jobs
this month. Miscellaneous manufacturing lost 1,300 jobs and a real
surprise, Food Manufacturing lost 12,300 jobs in the last thirty days.
On the plus side of the ledger, retail trade added 52,600 jobs, they pay
low wages and they usually don't have any benefits but what are you
going to do? Starve all at once or take your sweet time about it?
Professional and business services -- up by 43,000 jobs
Finance and Insurance -- up by 5,100
Credit intermediation -- up by 1,600
Insurance carriers and related activities -- up by 4,000
Real Estate and rental and leasing -- down 5,000 jobs
Educational Services -- down by 3,700
Repair and Maintenance -- down 1,800 jobs
But if you would, I would like for you to mull these last two categories
over in your mind for just a moment. Think about what these numbers
really say and really mean to us as a people,
Amusements Gambling and recreation -- up by 12,200 jobs
Child Day Care services -- down by 6,200 jobs in thirty days.
To me at least, this is a Dickensian picture which says without looking
up, "are there no workhouses? Are there no prisons? The treadmill and
the Poor laws are in full vigor then?"
These numbers tell us a story, only, they aren't numbers, they are a
people. They are our own people and these are their lives. It is easy
enough to understand why a government or government official might want
to bury, twist and obfuscate these numbers. Only, they fail to
understand that while the numbers themselves are shameful and
disgraceful, the twisting and obfuscating of them is abominable and
Tens of millions of Americans unemployed, affecting millions more still.
Pushed out, pushed down and denied the opportunity to make a decent
living. Demonized and vilified for their own poverty, marginalized and
minimized by those responsible, ignored by those paid to do something
about it, abandoned in a society of pure greed and pure evil.
"Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself."
-- Charles Dickens
Average weekly earnings- Construction, Manufacturing, Durable Goods, $1007.65
Average weekly earnings- Retail, $518.24