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US Department of Labor now reduced to Soviet Propaganda Ministry

February 6th, 2012
Santiago, Chile

In one of the most shamefully disingenuous reports we’ve seen in years, the US Labor Department released the latest employment figures on Friday showing that the headline US unemployment rate had fallen to 8.3%.

Champagne and sound bites were pre-positioned in Washington as the self-congratulatory praise flowed like the bubbly. President Obama, beaming like he’d just caught the winning touchdown pass, told the American people on Sunday that he ‘deserved’ a second term.

They call it the headline unemployment rate for a reason… it’s the only number that the papers tend to run. All weekend long, mainstream press ran headlines like:

“Unemployment rate falls to 8.3%; fifth straight monthly decline” (LA Times)

“Jobless rate drops to lowest level in almost three years” (MSNBC.com)

“Unemployment rate drops to 8.3 percent” (Christian Science Monitor)

“Hiring surges in January; jobless rate at 8.3 pct.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

“Jobless Rate Falls to 8.3%, Altering Face of Campaign” (New York Times)

“Unemployment report: January job gains have economists rethinking outlooks” (Washington Post)

Needless to say, few outlets with any meaningful reach covered the real story behind the employment figures– the Labor Department simply took 1.2 million Americans out of the labor force. In other words, the unemployment rate fell because the Labor Department deliberately did not count 1.2 million unemployed people.

[Note: I highly recommend that you read ZeroHedge.com, one of the only sources of undistorted economic reality on the Internet.]

It’s the same Orwellian style logic (WAR IS PEACE. DEBT IS WEALTH.) that prevailed during the Soviet Union– outright lies and deceitful reports painting a rosy picture of the economy and its glorious leaders, masking a dismal reality. It’s nothing but propaganda in the worst form.

This has been going on for years in the United States, as evidenced by the chart below:

The blue line shows the steady, upward trend of Americans who are no longer counted in the labor force since the onset of the financial crisis. The pink bars (and black line) show the steady decline in the proportion of society that is included in the work force (i.e. either employed or unemployed).

The government’s own numbers show that, since 2008, they’ve stopped counting 9 million Americans in the employment report– that’s over 11% of the entire work force which simply vanished in just 4-years.Even the most casual glance at the data shows that the employment report is a complete and total fraud– no more relevant than Soviet statistical propaganda indicating a miraculous rise in per capita sugar consumption… despite widespread starvation and ubiquitous bread lines.



Two months ago, President Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes for a chat about the economy. At one point, Kroft asked, “You think you might have the unemployment rate down to 8% by the time the election rolls around?”

Obama replied: “I think it’s possible. But I’m not in the job of prognosticating on the economy. I’m in the job of putting in place the tools that allow the economy to thrive and Americans to succeed.”

Or if that doesn’t work, fraud and propaganda are apparently just as effective.  Have you hit your breaking point yet?

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  • Globalpaparazzi

    ten people are hungry and I only have food to give five, Lets just
    ignore the other five and call it a one hundred percent success.

  • Noyb

    Don’t forget the birth/death model is always creating phantom jobs also.

  • Surfsmurf

    Ancient proverb: Statistics don’t lie; Statisticians do.

  • Mreger

    YES! I have hit my breaking point. I never thought as an American I would want to leave what once was the greatest country on the planet, but that’s exactly what I’m planning to do. Keep up the great work Sovereign Man!

  • Errowraggy

    Article is either foolish, intentionally misleading or just plain lazy. The numbers are the standard BLS revisions to the population due to the census – they just get incorporated once per year, as happens every single year. This was clearly telegraphed by the BLS in the report. Full details below…

    You can cross check this with the ISM data, the initial jobless claims data and the ADP data, or for a real time dollars and cents calculation, the US treasury daily statements of withholding tax receipts – it jumped mid Jan as the newly hired had the pay cheque. The report was a good top line, with strong underlying data. You write some interesting stuff, don’t ruin it with poor populist posts like this.

    In accordance with usual practice, BLS will not revise the official household survey estimates for December 2011 and earlier months. To show the impact of the population adjustment, however, differences in selected December 2011 labor force series based on the old and new population estimates are shown in table B.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.aguirre.g David Aguirre

    Hello Simon. I saw the Facebook share button until I clicked on the ‘Add new comment’ link. And I clicked on it because I was going to suggest that you make more visible the means of sharing your content.

    This article is so extremely important for people to read that immediately after I read it in my inbox, I came to your website to see if there was a way to share it on FB. And like I said above, I was not readily available. Just a small suggestion.

    Great article, by the way. ‘Have you hit your breaking point yet?’

  • http://evilspeculator.com molecool

    I know you are being often featured on ZH, Simon. But in this particular context we should also include the one source that spearheaded truthful government economic reporting way before zerohedge was launched: shadowstats.com

  • http://evilspeculator.com molecool

    Here are the numbers as reported by shadowstats:

     January Unemployment: 8.3% (U.3), 15.1% (U.6), 22.5% (SGS)

    Now, how does that compare to the great depression? 


    ” at the peak of the Great Depression, U3 was 25.2%. U6 was 37.6%.”

    So we are not near GD numbers (yet) but unfortunately I believe it’s coming and we should get near GD stats by 2016, give or take a year.

  • http://evilspeculator.com molecool

    And one more from your friends at ZH:


    Good data and it elaborates on the †rue scope of the situation.

  • Gene

    Am not surprised at all by the 8.3 number. This is an election year of course, and if Americans were to be shocked awake this year, they might do something radical like vote in a president who would make actual changes. That can’t be allowed to happen, and therefore data must be manufactured to keep everyone sedated. The criminals in charge consider election years to be a potential threat to national security..NOT an exercise in democracy.

  • Hiday_happy

    hii in my past i always bring lunch from home to school..i do that because i want to go to overseas.. and then i pray..if nobody like i said in my past i will become father..hah

  • artb51

    Half truths are the same as lies. Unfortunately this administration is so evil, Lies and half truths are the only thing they know. I pray that We The People wake up to these evil doers and not only vote out the obommunist, but flush all the progressives down the sink. Yes I am at the breaking point!

  • FollowsTheWay

    It is not only “this administration.” Here is wisdom: when you understand that Obama, Bush (all of them), Clinton, and Reagan ALL PLAY ON THE SAME TEAM.

  • Bluglass

    With enough lies the heart becomes calcified, thoughts become more sinister, and the truth is left perverted…

  • Davy

    Guess you heard about the Fox Business Channel cancelling the show “FREEDOM WATCH” starring Judge Andrew Napolitano?  The last 5 minutes of his show are always his views of what is going on.  Recently he started saying obvious tyranny acts that he sees going on BUT STARTING EACH SENTENCE WITH “WHAT IF…”.  ie what if the government was telling you that your vote counted but was really just deciding between the party bosses who would get the position this time. 
    In other words, he didn’t say it was his theory or belief, but just asked the question, as if it might be possible, but no positive accusation.  He started doing this almost a month ago, plus he always totes Ron Paul as the only candidate with not JUST THE TALK, BUT ALSO THE WALK.  All these candidates are getting the Ron Paul political religion (better known as “constitutionalist”) but every one of THEIR HISTORIES speaks volumes against that philosophy.  Contact FOX and tell them what you think.

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