AP: Obama shutting down jobs council

posted at 12:01 pm on January 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Remember the Jobs Council that Barack Obama created two years ago?  Stung by the loss of the House in the midterms, Obama attempted to show that he wanted input from the private sector about how to grow the economy.  Two years later, after having won re-election, he no longer needs the political cover:

President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high.

When Obama in January 2011 formed his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, unemployment was hovering above 9 percent. Two years [as] president later, more than 12 million people in the U.S. are out of work. The unemployment rate has improved to 7.8 percent, but both parties agree that’s still too high.

A provision in Obama’s executive order establishing the council says it sunsets on Thursday. A White House official said the president does not plan to extend it.

Officials said the president always intended for the council to fulfill its mission and then wind down, and said that Obama would continue to actively engage and seek input from business leaders about ways to accelerate job-creation and economic growth. Among the steps Obama plans to pursue are expedited permits for infrastructure projects, the White House said.

It’s not as if Obama gave it much time anyway.  As Erika and Mother Jones pointed out yesterday, the panel hadn’t met in months, and had only met four times in total.  That hardly represents a laser focus on the economy, as I mentioned in my last post.

So, how did Obama and his Jobs Council do in putting people back to work?  Let’s take a look at BLS data to see.  First, here’s the number of employed in the two years of the Jobs Council’s existence:

This looks pretty good, and we can expect the White House to use this data in self-congratulation.  However, it doesn’t take population growth into context.  We’ve added 4 million jobs in two years, but that averages only to 169,000 per month — barely enough to cover additional workers coming into the system.

This is the true state of the work force:

We are barely above a 31-year low in the civilian population participation rate in the workforce, at 63.6%.  When Obama took office, it was 65.7%, and it was 65.7% in June 2009 when the Great Recession officially ended.  In January 2011, when Obama first created this Jobs Council, it was 64.2%.  Instead of making any improvements, Obama ignored his Jobs Council, and the workforce continued its term-long decline under Obama.

Dismissing his Jobs Council only makes official what had been unofficial neglect of the economy and workforce.  At least that has become more transparent today.


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Unemployment is racist.

VegasRick on January 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM

O bama
F lukes
A meriKa

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Laser focus. Laser focus.

Wino on January 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

When is his SOTU address? Next week? I wonder how little he’ll discuss jobs.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

AP: Obama’s Shutting Down Jobs council

Flange on January 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

CyberCipher on January 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Mission Accomplished!

SunSword on January 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

My #1 Priority is jobs…destroying the GOP for some ideological reason.

NickelAndDime on January 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

But the Obama True Believers (TM) won’t see this as more than a bump in the road, “What difference does it make?” If they mention it at all, it’s because Conservatives stood in his way; or Big Business didn’t want to work with him; and/or every other snide excuse the MSM can create.

The only thing new about his minions is that it’s 2013, not 2009.

Liam on January 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

He can be more flexible now.

The Rogue Tomato on January 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

So? It’s not like it was anything but a beard for him anyway.

HotAirian on January 31, 2013 at 12:11 PM

“The GOP whines when I create government task forces, and now they whine when I dismantle government task forces. I can’t win, these folks can’t have it both ways. (insert random phrase villifying GOP here, be sure to include guns or minorities to make them seem racist)”

-BO

NickelAndDime on January 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Wait a minute, didn’t he say the first thing he was going to do as president was shut down Guantanamo?

newportmike on January 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The creation of the agency was futile.

Were he to be for jobs, he’d get out of the way with stupid regulations and encourage private enterprise, alas.

Never assume that he has good motives for anyone but his Utopian pipe dreams and himself.

May all who brung/kept him be destroyed by him.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Forward!

Good Lt on January 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

One more thing – Obama can shoot as good as he stands by the constitution. Been meaning to say it for days.

All is on topic these days. The OT is futile any more.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

If just one job was created, it was worth it.

BobMbx on January 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Leading from behind…Greece, France…Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Ed, check out this chart by Zerohedge:

…since Obama’s first term, some 2.7 million jobs in the 16-55 year old category have been lost. The “offset”: 4 million jobs for Americans between 55 and 69.

If you’re over 55, then you’ve got lots of options!

Weight of Glory on January 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

It’s not as if Obama gave it much time anyway. As Erika and Mother Jones pointed out yesterday, the panel hadn’t met in months, and had only met four times in total. That hardly represents a laser focus on the economy, as I mentioned in my last post.

aww c’mon Ed. Don’tcha remember all those pivots?? That has to count for something, right?/

ted c on January 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Of course: a jobs council would be recommending opions and de-regulation that are the antithesis of liberal/socialist/marxist doctrine. Why would he need that?

This is the ultimate indication that he indeed should be asked to stepdown.

Impeachment by abdication of responsibilities.

On the good side, surely this can be used as a signal that the “emergency spending phase” is ovah!

Yea….like that’ll ever happen.

can_con on January 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Fitting, since the Emperor God-King Unicorn Prince is shutting down jobs.

Jeddite on January 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Obama hates the middle class and despises the poor. The former is still in his way and the latter are insipid sheeple.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

It must be such a relief for him not to have to pretend anymore to give a sh1t about the American people.

The Rogue Tomato on January 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Is it obvious that he only cares about his own job. After his re-election, he has no need to pretend to give a rip about anyone else’s.

Christien on January 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Unemployment is racist.

VegasRick on January 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Fixed.

Ward Cleaver on January 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM

So now we have Unemployed Lasers??

ToddPA on January 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

The unemployment rate has improved to 7.8 percent, but both parties agree that’s still too high.

And how did it “improve”?

People stopped looking for work. They’re no longer counted as “unemployed”.

GarandFan on January 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Golly, it is almost like he’s destroying our economy on purpose!

search4truth on January 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Is it obvious that he only cares about his own job. After his re-election, he has no need to pretend to give a rip about anyone else’s.

Christien on January 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Obamaphones help the economy, by putting assemblers at factories in China to work.

/see how it works?

Ward Cleaver on January 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

He wants to destroy small businesses/the middle class because it’s easier to control the 3 large companies in each field.

It fills the pockets of the GEs and Obama’s too.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Golly, it is almost like he’s destroying our economy on purpose!

search4truth on January 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Only fools ever assumed that he has good motives toward the US or anyone, except himself and his brothers. His/their plans proceed apace.

He fooled an entire world. For that he s/b respected.

All who brung/ketp him, incl. the media, may he destroy you and yours, in full.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Hopefully the cold smack of reality wakes up some of the droids.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Forward! Downward!

DamnCat on January 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM

O bama
F lukes
A meriKa

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Minor tweek.

O bama
F lukes
F or
A meriKa
L egacy

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

OFFAL

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H. L. Mencken

Fill your hands, America.

chimney sweep on January 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Jobs Council never intended to look for ways to create job. Jobs Council created to give Obama political cover for something he doesnt care about and has no desire to do anything to fix.

Obama’s mandate for the second term according to those who elected him is more of the same 3 R’s: Redistribution, Rancor and Revenge.

Imo those who think otherwise are delusional rubes or flaming lib nutters or both.

Sacramento on January 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Or should it be, from?

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Doesnt matter. The media will show that graph with the jobs growth and the american people will fawn and fall all over themselves over how great a President they just re elected.

Jack_Burton on January 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Obama on the job situation: “Mission Accomplished”

wildcat72 on January 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

But the Jobs Council gave us great lines like this:

Prez: “Uhh… Shovel-ready wasn’t as shovel-ready as ahh… we had hoped”

Jack Welch and other CEOs in chorus: “HEE HAWW HEEEE HAWWWW…”

Marcola on January 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

The charade has ended…

d1carter on January 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Oops my bad… I meant Jeff Immelt, not Jack Welch. Can’t believe I smeared Jack that way!

Marcola on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

It was just an excuse to give some friends a paycheck anyway.

TerryW on January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

If you’re over 55, then you’ve got lots of options!

Weight of Glory on January 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Yup, destroys the whole “It is just the baby boomers retiring” argument.

LoganSix on January 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The purpose of the jobs council was to look busy, but now he doesn’t have to pretend he cares about jobs anymore. See: inauguration speech. The meme that comes out of the MSM coverage of this will be interesting.

Also, what did this jobs council dog/pony show cost the tax payers?

Jackalope on January 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

One more thing – Obama can shoot as good as he stands by the constitution. Been meaning to say it for days.

All is on topic these days. The OT is futile any more.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Har har har.

Jackalope on January 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Today’s USA headline: “Dip in economy not so bad.” I remember a Garrison Keillor bit (perhaps in the 21st century) along those lines, about a Minnesota seance.

cbenoistd on January 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Hells Bells………who need jobs?

We all going to be in that new Civilian Defense force (bigger than the military).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fO-usAlqak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqId8L8isJA

All praise to our glorious GOD/KING.

PappyD61 on January 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Troll-free thread?

Del Dolemonte on January 31, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Time for a “hard pivot” to jobs or something. Just as soon as we legalize 11 million illegals, take everybody’s guns away, and step on this energy boom.

Yep… lazer-like focus in 5…4…3…2…

SAMinVA on January 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

so, these guys on the Jobs Council — are they unemployed now..? ;-)

affenhauer on January 31, 2013 at 2:21 PM

A reminder to the LSM … you forgot to insert UNEXPECTEDLY.

But you know King Putt don’t need no advisors so the Jobs Council was just for window dressing.

Say, why haven’t the LSM/MSM questioned the brilliant people who were nominated to this commission?
WHO the heck were they anyway? Where did they come from?
How much pay did they get for their astounding success?
Does any one in the media give a damn?
Guess not.

Missilengr on January 31, 2013 at 2:21 PM

BORACHIO:
Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed thief this
fashion is? how giddily a’ turns about all the hot
bloods between fourteen and five-and-thirty?
sometimes fashioning them like Pharaoh’s soldiers
in the reeky painting, sometime like god Bel’s
priests in the old church-window, sometime like the
shaven Hercules in the smirched worm-eaten tapestry,
where his codpiece seems as massy as his club?

CONRADE
All this I see; and I see that the fashion wears
out more apparel than the man.

Axe on January 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Glad to see Obowma focused like a laser on that 3 letter word- J O B S.

Too bad that laser is powered by a Solyndra solar panel.

Obowma is failure.

dthorny on January 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Gutsy call.

Am I right? Right? Gutsy.

LoganSix on January 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

How can you tell it was shut down?

BD57 on January 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Obama JOBS Council.

Unemployed.

What more do you need to know.

dissent555 on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Obama shutting down jobs council

(Corrected error in headline: removed unnecessary word)

landlines on January 31, 2013 at 8:54 PM

…elections over!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2013 at 11:38 PM