These graphs will tell you everything you need to know about what is happening in the job market these days and what people are doing about it. These graphs reach into nearly the present of 2013 and if my indices are correct will only climb higher. Again I’m surprised that the government posted these on their .gov site.
“More workers joined the federal government’s disability program in March than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation’s jobs picture is after three full years of economic recovery.” Check out this graph:
The economy created just 80,000 jobs in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration.
The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Obama’s recovery. While the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009, fully 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits.
In other words, the number of new disability enrollees has climbed 19% faster than the number of jobs created during the sluggish recovery. (Even after accounting for people who left the disability program because they died or aged into retirement, disability ranks have climbed more than 1.1 million in the past three years.)
And the disability ranks will continue to swell. In just the last month, almost 275,000 put in applications for disability benefits. Experts say that more people try to get on disability when jobs are scarce, and changes to eligibility rules enacted back in 1984 have made it far easier to qualify.
In addition, while hiring has been very weak during the recovery, the number of people who have dropped out of the labor force entirely has exploded by 7.3 million since June 2009, an IBD analysis of BLS data show. Some aged into retirement, but most either signed up for disability, stayed in school, moved back in with parents, or just quit looking for a job. The participation in the labor force as a percentage is the lowest it’s been in the history of this country. Another graph:
As a result, the “labor force participation rate” — the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for one compared with the entire working-age population — is now 63.8%, down from 65.7% in June 2009. This participation rate is at the lowest levels in 30 years. In previous recoveries, the participation rate has almost always risen, not fallen.
Other indicators show that the economic recovery isn’t producing jobs in adequate numbers:
The unemployment rate has been above 8% for 41 consecutive months in real terms. In the previous 60 years, the jobless topped 8% in a total of only 39 months.
The number of people with jobs is still nearly 5 million below its pre-recession peak.
The number of long-term unemployed — those out of work 27 weeks or more — is still 5.4 million — almost 1 million higher than when the recovery began, and almost twice the level it ever reached prior to Obama’s recovery.” Here’s another graph from the government webpage:
Why the hell would you work if you could get more income by being determined to be “disabled”? Shit, I’m pretty broken up from my professional career and some ill-advised hobbies when I was young and I’m pretty sure that I can find a doctor that will consider me disabled given my drunken mental state most of the time. Hell, I can live on $1202.96 a month. I’m going to have to look into this, might get some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes back that I paid when I was a productive member of society. I’d advise you guys my age to do the same.
Still think you have a chance in this “so-called” recovery?