The Absurdity of the US Ministry of Propaganda: People Quitting Jobs is a Sign of Confidence!

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Today, as reported on ZeroHedge, Chinese dissident AiWeiwei declared, “The US is behaving like China.” Also this week, ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden’s revelation of massive US government spying on US citizens immediately drew comparisons to Nazi S.S. tactics, and to top it off, Russian President Vladimir Putin chided US President Obama’s declaration that “you can’t have 100% security and 100% privacy” by stating, "You can’t just listen to the phone call in Russia; you need a special order from court. This is how this should be done in civilized society while tackling terrorism with the use of any technical means. If it is in the framework of the law, then it’s ok. If not it is unacceptable.” All in all, not a good week for the 3-headed bankster-politician-military complex monster. So what do we need to make all zombies feel better? The US Ministry of Propaganda (known to all US citizens as the mainstream media) to come to the rescue, of course! Every week, the US financial media spouts so much rubbish, from Nouriel Roubini’s declaration that gold will crash, to declarations of “soaring” Japanese yen (a misleading semantics lesson I will shred in future articles), that often it is very difficult to select which article dispensed by the mainstream media is the most misleading of them all.


As a follow up to my article, “Independent v. Mainstream News: A Choice of Being Informed v. Being Re-Educated”, the US Ministry of Propaganda presented this week a patently absurd gem of a news article in which it equated a growing percentage of US workers quitting their jobs in April as a sign that Americans’ confidence in the US economy is returning. Here are the headlines that Yahoo ran recently about this topic: “More Americans quit jobs, a sign of confidence.” In the body of the article was some semblance of truth as the Associated Press journalist admitted that the US “job market is far from healthy”. However, following this statement, the journalist quickly retreated back to spin city by declaring that “the growth in hiring and quits provides more evidence of a dynamic job market that is making slow but steady strides” and that “most workers quit their jobs when they have a new position or feel confident that they can find one quickly.” The article stated that “the number of people who quit their jobs in April jumped 7.2 percent to 2.25 million”. Although at first, this argument sounds reasonable, an investigation into the source data of this story, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, reveals an entirely different conclusion.


The greatest percentage of quits, by far and away, at 3.3% for the period of April 2013 was in the “food services and accommodation” category, typically comprised of very low-paying, minimum wage type of jobs. When you compare this rate with other data revealed in that survey, it is very unlikely that employees in this sector quit their jobs due to a promotion into better opportunities available in a higher paying sector. But this speculation can be tested by looking at the separation numbers. So let’s take a look at this data.
What is “separation” data? The Bureau of Labor defines separations as “the total number of employment terminations occurring at any time during the reference month, and is reported by type of separation—quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. (Some respondents are only able to report total separations.) The quits count includes voluntary separations by employees (except for retirements, which are reported as other separations). The layoffs and discharges count is comprised of involuntary separations initiated by the employer and includes layoffs with no intent to rehire; formal layoffs lasting or expected to last more than 7 days; discharges resulting from mergers, downsizing, or closings; firings or other discharges for cause; terminations of permanent or short-term employees; and terminations of seasonal employees. The other separations count includes retirements, transfers to other locations, deaths, and separations due to disability.”

In order to assess what all these numbers really mean, let’s look at all all involuntary "quits", the seasonally adjusted layoffs and terminations numbers, so that we compare apples to apples. When we look at this rate, the rate of 1.2% for April remained the same as the 1.2% rate for March. Clearly this indicates that things are not getting better as struggling businesses continue to terminate employees at the same rate as the previous month. Furthermore, the percent of total separations in the “food services and accommodation” sector was 5.2% in April, a higher percentage than the 3.3% quit percentage in April, a figure that indicates that in addition to people quitting, other employees were involuntarily terminated and laid off in this industry. Again, not exactly a sign that American worker confidence is growing, especially if a sector that normally comprises the lowest paying jobs are continuing to lay off and terminate employees. Finally the quit percentage for April 2013 was 1.7%, and the separation percentage (exclusive of other separations) for April 2013 was 2.9%. This figure means that businesses were still firing and laying off very significant percentages of people above and beyond the percentages of employees that quit their jobs. Furthermore, this additional 1.2% separation percentage above and beyond the quit percentage far outweighed the 0.2% increase in hiring percentages from March 2013 to April 2013.


Finally, all April data are just estimates, and even so, estimates that are further adjusted by additional “seasonal” estimates. All of which means that these numbers never amount to a whole lot of anything too reliable, or spoken another way, it is data that can be spun any which way one wants, like the ridiculous, no-evidence-whatsoever-conclusion that increased quits means that Americans are growing more confident in the state of the US economy. In conclusion, all US government “official” statistics have “officially” been propaganda for a long time and not reflective of the state of the real economy. These "official" statistics merely reflect the degenerative fraudulent state of the people that produce them and little more. Pretty soon, the US Ministry of Propaganda may be spinning an increasing number of job quits into headlines that such data proves all Americans want gun control enforced inside the US. After all, such a headline would hold just as much merit and logic as any of the mainstream media’s other recent flawed deductions about the state of the economy in the US. The Job Openings and Labor report hardly seem to indicate, as the US Ministry of Propaganda so desperately wants us to believe, that a higher percentage of people quitting their jobs translates into greater confidence in the US economy. But if Yahoo wants to print it, and zombies want to believe it, then so be it. (Republishing Rights: You may republish the above article only in its entirety and with all links intact, including proper attribution to the author as described in the author attribution.)



About the Author: JS Kim is the Founder & Managing Director of SmartKnowledgeU, a fiercely independent research & consulting firm that uncovers the best ways to buy gold and silver and focuses on the realities of this current global economic crisis to help clients avoid the pitfalls of the next global financial calamity.

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Son of Loki's picture

I'm quitting my job so my family can live better.....I told my wife....after she stopped slapping me upside smy head I returned to work and apologize dto my boss. I told him I had a brief moment of mainstream media idiocy.


Nue's picture

Of course they're qutting when y our job hours get cut 20 hours a week to avoid Obamacare. What's the point of even working if you can't cover the cost of your living. There is a reason Homeless shelters across the nation are being overwhemled. I'm seeing a huge increase in my area of people having to be taken in by their familes because they've lost everything.  

lakecity55's picture

Somewhere, there is a country where up is down and down is up. Where left is right and right is left. Where good is evil and evil is good. Where leaders are manufactured, not made. Where the authorities who are supposed to protect the People Rape them mercilessly!

I'm Rod Serlling. Join me tonight as we take a journey into a strange land known the Twilight Zone!

jumbo maverick's picture

I had the NEWS on as background noise when this story was announced. The commentator read the headline and I was thinking WTF people quitting their jobs is good for the economy?

The absurdity of this. The absurdity that the NEWS people would say this as if it were a fact. The media are such liars it makes me want to puke.

I thank the author for this story as sometimes I feel that I am the craziest one in the room.

Jim B's picture

Actually, I suspect this is low margin businesses re-aligning the workforce to escape Obamacare!

medium giraffe's picture

"All in all, not a good week for the 3-headed bankster-politician-military complex monster"

Cerberus-berg Omen!

IamtheREALmario's picture

So, when will the government start putting cameras in my bedroom and send me a summons for a court appearance for the seditious act of dropping my shorts on the floor instead of putting them into the hamper?

Oh... excuse me, I have just been informed that the camera is already there, but since it is a classified camera, they cannot send me the ticket.

Doctor of Reality's picture

I want to use the Freedom of Information Act to compell the custodians of information, to show me what my personal file says about me. I wish someone would begin that lawsuit. I'd join it.

NotApplicable's picture

Why do you act as if the law is a tool designed for your benefit?

Compel? That's funny.

johnQpublic's picture

i'm so confident that i hate my shit ass 7.25 an hour job that i quit

got myself fired last time and got 99 weeks unenjoyment payments

used the money to start a lucrative weed business

but the .gov ruined that by making it legal, destroying my livelyhood, which is why i had to take another 7.25 an hour job


rsnoble's picture

That's all fine and dandy but problem with your type is that you assume everyone is like that.  What's really fucking hillarious is watching goody two shoes get fucked. 

monad's picture


Whether they come with old money or not, legal immigrants to the USA are automatically put on welfare and receive 2 years of free college. Who is on welfare? Where did the illegals go? Ellis Island this is not, but thats when these seeds were sown.

Then under kumrad Clinton's pogrom they are granted preferred employment status. How would you be treated if you emigrate to any other country, seeking work?

Then with contempt these replacements of our children look down at unemployed Americans and demand SSI and benefits for seniors be cut. They are not "growing the economy".

Quick math: 85B/mo -> 50M = $1700. Guess who they all voted for. Guess what sector they mostly work in. They are not "growing the economy".

Don't blame me, I didn't do this. This usurpation brought to you by the Rockefeller cabal, which includes the UN, FR, CFR, Clintons, Bushs, Gores, belligerent enemy combatants in the whitehouse and 534 CFR/FR approved maggots; and thats just DC.

Check it out yourself. 

My advise to you is to defend yourselves.

To Arms.

To Arms.

To Arms.


Doubleguns's picture

Arms? Without ammo......really!! Fix bayonets I guess would be the proper command. 

BKbroiler's picture

I've always said we need more bayonets.. and horses.

monad's picture

Interesting that both your profiles are... blank.

Notarocketscientist's picture


To President Barack Obama:

We call on you to ensure that whistleblower Edward Snowden is treated fairly, humanely and given due process. The PRISM program is one of the greatest violations of privacy ever committed by a government. We demand that you terminate it immediately, and that Edward Snowden be recognized as a whistleblower acting in the public interest -- not as a dangerous criminal.

shovelhead's picture

I agree.

Obama's had a rough month. He could use a good laugh.

"Oh look, a petition...LOLOLOLOLOL."

IamtheREALmario's picture

Obumbdumb had the IRS target Tea Party members for just being part of a group that wanted to legally express their opinions and join the political structure. Now, you want people to put their names on a list supporting someone who supposedly had regrets at being a bad guy and stabbed the other bad guys in the back?

However, as our military is told (or at least used to be before the coup), they have the right and obligation to not only live up to their oath, but also refuse to follow illegal orders. IMO, unconstitutional orders that were made "legal" through a process that does not include an amendment to the constitution are still illegal orders. However, if the country want to go fascist or communist or whatever, through a process that involves a proper system of amendments to the constitution, then I say, hey ... whatever.

However creating an unconstitutional secret court that has no power through the constitution or its amendments does not make its declaration of laws as enforcable or proper actually correct. It is just a false justification the powers that completed the coup in America use to make the weak minded think that there is some legal basis for their stolen power.

johnQpublic's picture

you are so totally going on a list

someone should be there shortly to smack the keyboard out of your grubby mitts

monad's picture

Don't let the technology confuse you. There is only one list. If you're not one of them, you're on it.

NotApplicable's picture

"Jobs? We don't need no stinkin' jobs!"

Joe Sixpack's picture

If you support Snowden, then please add your email to this list.


Thank You, the NSA

Citxmech's picture

And if you self-censure - they have completely won.

Remember, the Stasi didn't have enough personnel to staff all of those cameras and mics - they were just there to intimidate the population.

Same thing here.  They'll use their data to build a case against you after the fact if you go postal - but it's not like their algorithms are going to pick you our of all of the pissed-off people out there for extraordinary rendition unless you're working really hard at it.

It's not like they're going to put 10 - 20 million folks into concentration camps without anybody noticing.  The more folks that speak-out now, the better.