Labor Secretary celebrates jobless rate increase by … trick-or-treating?

posted at 11:21 am on November 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How does the Obama administration react to an increase in the jobless rate? Party on, dudes!  Scott MacFarlane of Cox Media tweeted a picture of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ entry into an interview this morning after the October jobs report, dishing out candy and proclaiming that Americans will now get behind Obamanomics in a big way come January:

Well, far be it from me to be the party pooper, but this seems rather inappropriate even without the increase in the jobless rate.  Solis seems to think that this jobs report is objectively fabulous, but it’s only marginally positive at best, as I explained in an earlier Green Room post.  In order to make up the eight million jobs lost in this economy — which we haven’t even begun doing yet — it would take more than 20 years at the rate of jobs growth shown for this year on average.  At the rate of growth in October alone, it would take more than 14 years.

With the increase in the jobless rate?  The celebration looks more like a Chip Diller moment than anything connected to reality.

Here are two charts that show exactly how the chronic unemployment situations looks, both from Solis’ own Bureau of Labor Statistics, put in the context of population size — updated for today’s report.  First, we have the civilian population participation rate, which shows those who are working at all or actively searching for work as a percentage of working age adults in the general population, starting from 2006:

And this chart shows the employment-population ratio, which gives the percentage of working-age adults in the population who are currently employed:

Note that in both cases, we have failed to even get back to the levels at the start of the recovery in June 2009.  We’re bouncing along generational bottoms in employment as related to population size, and we’re not moving in a direction that suggests in any way, shape, or form that our economy and job markets are “healing.”

Jim Pethokoukis calls this news a pathetic New Normal, and scolds anyone celebrating it:

4. In October, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged down by 1 cent to $23.58. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by 1.6%. Yet inflation is up 2% over the past year. That means worker take-home pay is declining.

5. As economist Doug Holtz-Eakin notes: “Average weekly hours of work declined. Average hourly earnings declined. The average weekly earnings and index of weekly hours showed sharp declines.” Not good.

6.  The shrunken workforce remains shrunken, although the labor force participation rate did nudge up last month, a good sign. But if the labor force participation rate was the same as when President Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 10.6%.

7. If the participation rate had just stayed steady all year, the unemployment rate would be 8.2%. …

Bottom line: Anemic economic growth of around 2% not only puts the U.S. economy at heightened risk of recession, but is also too slow to a) generate enough jobs to quickly close the jobs gap, and b) boost take-home pay. Anyone satisfied with or hyping this report does a great disservice to the America worker.

Instead of offering up the obligatory Chip Diller video, let’s get into the Solis celebratory mindset, shall we?

Update: I swear, I never watch this show:

https://twitter.com/kunzy/status/264391122229526528

I’ve fixed it above, and my apologies to Scott. And Seth.


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Kool-Aide in the form of Candy?

portlandon on November 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Passing out candy to celebrate America’s demise.

Sounds familiar.

Ben Hur on November 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

A little oingo boingo

Nice touch Ed

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I work with people that are this stupid.

CycloneCDB on November 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Democrats like more unemployed people.

Punchenko on November 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Yeah. America’s been tricked alright.

kingsjester on November 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Ed, you know I love the Boingo!

Bmore on November 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Idiots, absolute freaking idiots.

rplat on November 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Trick or treat? I’d say the last four years has been a major trick on ALL of us.

StarLady on November 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“The unemployment rate went up by a tenth of a percent; Oh, look – candy!”

Dopenstrange on November 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Lol.Conservatives should have kept their mouth shut when the rumors came out that BLS was going to delay the unemployment report.

Obama can now tout his new talking point which is we created more jobs last month than we did in the last eight months before that.

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

She is turning tricks inside government property?

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

If only there were an election coming up soon!

Seriously, I’m growing increasingly confident that the filthy rat-eared wonder is going to be seriously slapped down come Tuesday.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obama can now tout his new talking point which is we created more jobs last month than we did in the last eight months before that.

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Or they could talk about the 61,000 fewer jobs that exist since the filthy rat-eared wonder took office.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Hal should just shut his mouth forever.

wargamer6 on November 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obama’s Unemployment Rate is now higher than when he took office. he’s done nothing, buyt sink us furteher into debt, malaise, and misery.

Do you come from a line of Vichy French?

kingsjester on November 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Ditto Bmore

Just another day
:)

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Welcome to the new “normal”. Too bad Solis wasn’t handing out tubes of lipstick to put on the pig.

GarandFan on November 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

This jobs report is even worse than we think.

jawkneemusic on November 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Did all the states report? Or are they hiding it like last month?

portlandon on November 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The ‘It’s a Dead Mans Party’ video from “Back to School” is better. Triple Lindy Anyone?

reddevil on November 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Oingo Boingo? Ed, you never cease to amaze my both in your musical repertoire and, more importantly, using references like that in a pitch-perfect way.

Rufus on November 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I was listening to Boingo as I read the post. Thanks!

Dr T on November 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Mitt Romney in WI: Today, we find out that the unemployment rate today is higher than it was on the day Barack Obama took office.

JohnGalt23 on November 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

That sucks.

Obama will spin this report briefly and move along to some other BS. It’s just not a good report.

forest on November 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Seth MacFarlane

I believe you mean Scott MacFarlane… unless he happened to be dressed as a Family Guy character for Halloween :P

Ukiah on November 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Loves job numbers

Either that or she is an actress. The important thing for her is to convince voters that the numbers are good. She will convince some.

burt on November 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

What is the ever-living-EFF is going on in this country?!

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

She should have come in a jackass disguise, little Bammie could be the back end.

slickwillie2001 on November 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

There are net -61,000 jobs under Obama. The unemployment rate is higher than when Obama took office, he and his ivy-league technocrats predicted 5.2%. Food stamp growth is 75x higher than job creation(!).

How can any rational person vote for Barack Obama?

I must assume that Obama voters are either in on the take (looters or moochers), slip n’ fall trial lawyers, “Green” scammers, union thugs, government workers, racists, or ??? Someone help me here.

visions on November 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Do you come from a line of Vichy French?

kingsjester on November 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

No. Vichyssoise, aka legume (vegetable).

DevilsPrinciple on November 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

What the heck kind of argument is Solis trying to make? “Yippee! We kept unemployment unacceptably high so that Congress would pass Obama’s Jobs Bill”?

natasha333 on November 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Obama’s America

May he lose with 47%!!!

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

And the press sat there gleefully sucking on lollipops.

docflash on November 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I must assume that Obama voters are either in on the take (looters or moochers), slip n’ fall trial lawyers, “Green” scammers, union thugs, government workers, racists, or ??? Someone help me here.

visions on November 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

. . . or just plain old stupid.

natasha333 on November 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

pathetic New Normal

Exactly.

vcferlita on November 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Romney giving an excellent closing speech in West Allis, WI.

CoffeeLover on November 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

While I would love nothing more than Obama to continue in office to ensure the fiscal cliff, sequester, and ultimate crash of the US economy to hang around his neck like an albatross. Solis and the Obama adminstration would continue to party on and no one (especially the MSM) would hold them ultimately responsible. On the other hand, Obama remaining in office would be my worst fears realized. I want Obama and Holder to go to jail for Benghazi and Fast and Furious.

TulsAmerican on November 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Sometimes a little levity is due, come on people.

Why can’t we just celebrate green shoots when we see them.

akaniku on November 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151269106674238&set=a.158628314237.115142.63811549237&type=1&theater

Reality continues to have that liberal bias.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Reality continues to have that liberal bias.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Only after you take a hit off of a bong.

kingsjester on November 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Scott, not Seth MacFarlane.

kalel666 on November 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Maybe Obama needs a Secretary of Jobs.

Mike Morrissey on November 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

(facepalm)

posted the video when it was already posted.

F-

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Romney giving an excellent closing speech in West Allis, WI.

CoffeeLover on November 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Best quote:

“On January 20th I won’t just take over the office I will take responsibility for the office”

Now there’s some real change worth getting behind!

HoustonRight on November 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

What is the ever-living-EFF is going on in this country?!

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

To summarize, a Marxist won the presidency in 2008.

Do you need more detail than that?

UltimateBob on November 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Solis is truly one of the most dense people around, and to find her in such a high gov position is astonishing. She is truly CLUELESS.

rjoco1 on November 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Unbelievably revealing.
This is exactly how these communists see the role of the people. Little children being trained by reward behavior…”Go along, even if you are too stupid to understand how wise your “parents” are, and you will get a treat..which promises a lager “treat” if you don’t resist our rules.”

I hate these people.

Mimzey on November 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151269106674238&set=a.158628314237.115142.63811549237&type=1&theater

Reality continues to have that liberal bias.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

For reality’s sake, you should have included population growth into that propaganda sheet.

Archivarix on November 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Romney giving an excellent closing speech in West Allis, WI.

CoffeeLover on November 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Best quote:

“On January 20th I won’t just take over the office I will take responsibility for the office”

Now there’s some real change worth getting behind!

HoustonRight on November 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

His entire speech was very strong. Wouldn’t it be great to finally have a leader that does not only take responsibility but wants to be accountable for getting the job done. I so agree with you.

CoffeeLover on November 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

OT: HOLY COW!! Just read an article at WSJ by Peggy Noonan titled…

How Far Has Obama Fallen

While the article was good, the comments were even better!

So many took Noonan to task for her 2008 blinders!

BUT… I have to point out some comments worth your time to read! Go to page 32 of the comments and start reading the collected facts provided by William Sulcer! WOW! I actually copied these all together to provide out as a Facebook note… talk about detailed history collected on Obama’s ties to communism and corruption!

dominigan on November 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Reporter #1: I got five pieces of candy!
Reporter #2: I got a chocolate bar!
Reporter #3: I got a quarter!

Voter: I got a rock …

PackerBronco on November 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Reality continues to have that liberal bias.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

In a world that has a fixed population number, that would be …Meh.

Mimzey on November 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Just when I think these liberals have hit bottom, another one surprises me. Why did God make these people?

ultracon on November 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Reporter #1: I got five pieces of candy!
Reporter #2: I got a chocolate bar!
Reporter #3: I got a quarter!

Voter: I got a rock …

PackerBronco on November 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Nice! Thread winner…?

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Triple Lindy

Dead Man’s Party

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I think Mitt could pull off the Triple Lindy!

reddevil on November 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I must assume that Obama voters are either in on the take (looters or moochers), slip n’ fall trial lawyers, “Green” scammers, union thugs, government workers, racists, or ??? Someone help me here.

visions on November 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You are right. We definitely don’t like white politicians that are willing to lie to the American people to get elected.

The ones who go on tv to tell Americans to give up on Detroit. If Romney was president, he probably would have contacted the Chinese to see if they were interested in buying the State of Michigan. That is his specialty. Sell off assets that are under performing.

Obama stood with Detroit knowing 10% of the country approved of the bailout. That bet is now paying off.

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Apples & razor blades for all!

phreshone on November 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The info-screen (or whatever it’s called) in my office building’s elevator had this headline:

“Solid jobs numbers provide boost for Obama”

Not the first time I’ve wanted to scream in the elevator.

CityFish on November 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Reaility has, and always will, have a CONSERVATIVE bias…

After all, the old expression stll is:
“A conservative is a liberal that has been mugged by reality…”

You notice it is never the other way around…

Janovus on November 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Obama stood with Detroit Solyndra knowing 10% of the country approved of the bailout he would get the money back in campaign donations. That bet is now paying off.

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

PackerBronco on November 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Gd the unions

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Obama stood with Detroit knowing 10% of the country approved of the bailout. That bet is now paying off.

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

3 lies in one sentence. You are Pinocchio’s pupil.

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Oingo Boingo!? dude, I remember the name…haven’t a clue as to what they ever did of importance, but that’s just me.

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

But, ++++ major props for obligatory and gratuitous use of youtube. that’s my man!

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Celebrating the hideous jobs report, really? I have not had time to pay too much attention but I can’t imagine even the president is out celebrating this dismal report, although I wouldn’t be shocked if he was trying to spin it as some kind of positive. It is becoming more apprent America realizes how out of touch these people are. Tuesday ca’t get here fast enough.

Ellis on November 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The administration is taking on the appearance of a baseball team down by 12 runs late in the game who manages to score 1 run, then expects the crowd to applaud their effort.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This ones for Billy Clinton: Oingo Boingo – Little Girls

mechkiller_k on November 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics have been mischaracterizeing labor statistic for a year. In short the almost monthly ‘seasonal’ adjustments are unprecedented. Secondly the removal from the employment ranks of people currently unemployed is unprecedented in its scope and speed. They are literally removed before they have been numerically identified. In huge quantities. And it is obvious the removal is purposefully aimed at stabilizing the released unemployment rate and has little to do with anything else. For example a huge influx of labor was seasonally adjusted into the employed workers ranks in August. It never happened. Yet these phantom employees were never removed from the system.

pat on November 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Makes perfect sense that Obama and his cronies would define a Trick as a Treat…

jaydee_007 on November 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Lol.Conservatives should have kept their mouth shut when the rumors came out that BLS was going to delay the unemployment report.

Obama can now tout his new talking point which is we created more jobs last month than we did in the last eight months before that.

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

LOL

Strike Hornet on November 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

So THIS is how hopenchange fades away…LOL

Strike Hornet on November 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012

HotLips…you have a big drug problem…don’t you?
…sing D A I S Y!…meth head!

KOOLAID2 on November 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM