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Another Dismal Jobs Report

by Stephen Lendman

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America's economy heads for recession. Manipulated data conceal how bad things are.

Putting lipstick on this pig doesn't wash. One analyst said March data was miserable from every angle. Economist David Rosenberg called it "one soft US jobs report." It "quash(ed) the consensus view of economic re-acceleration."

It "adds validity to the view that the supply-side 'secular' non-inflationary growth potential (underwent) a profound decline this cycle." The inflationary consequences will show up later, he added.

Aggregate demand remains fundamentally weak. Nonfarm payrolls added 88,000 jobs. Doing so was less than half consensus estimates. The broader household survey shed 206,000 jobs. It was its worst read since July 2011.

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The population/payroll/concept-adjusted component puts the household survey on a comparable footing to nonfarm payrolls. It slid 118,000. It was the second decline this year.

Part-time employment rose. It did so at the expense of high pay/good benefit full-time jobs. For years, they've been offshored to low wage countries.

Paul Craig Roberts says America's heading for third world status. It's well on the way toward it. A protracted Main Street Depression continues. 

Force-fed austerity worsens it. Real unemployment's 23%. Poverty or close to it affects half of US households. Record numbers need food stamps.

U-3 March unemployment fell 0.1%. It did so because the civilian labor force contracted 496,000. Household survey data shed 663,000. Workers unable to find jobs dropped out. Doing so reflects economic sickness.

In the past three months alone, more than one million workers dropped out. Current figures stand at an unprecedented 90 million. Economies in Depression reflect these figures. For the past year, longterm unemployment's stood near 40% of total numbers without work.

Cyclically-sensitive sectors showed great weakness. Manufacturing lost 3,000 jobs. It was its first setback since last September. It suggests bigger declines ahead. Sequester cuts alone assure it.

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Retailing shed 24,000 jobs. It was the most since February 2012. Heavy construction slid 8,800. It was its worst showing last May last year.

Financials fell 2,000. It was the first sector loss since September 2011.

Diffusion indices measure job growth dispersion. They were dismal. Total private employment fell from February's 59.6 to 54.3. Doing so hit a seven-month low. Manufacturing contracted from 54. 3 to 46.3. It was the weakest in six months.

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