Reason For Today's Unemployment Rate Plunge: Part-Time Jobs For Economic Reasons Surge Most Since QE1 Announcement

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We already noted the absolutely stunning surge in reported Household Survey jobs which "added" 873,000 jobs, or the most since 2003 and the second most in the past decade, which was just a little bit off the Household Survey used in the monthly NFP jobs changes, which came at 114,000, or about 8 times less. But what was the reason for this epic jump in Household survey jobs? Simple, and those who have read our series on America's transition to a part-time worker society know the answer. The reason is that the number of part-time people employed for economic reasons soared by 582,000 to 8,613,000, the most since October 2011, and the largest one month jump since February 2009, when "restoring" confidence in the economy was all the rage... and just before the Fed announced the full blown QE1 in March of 2009. Odd symmetry.

So putting it all together, what does this mean for the true state of the US economy? Recall back in September one of our Charts of the Day was the number of Unemployed and Underemployed for the month of August, which was 25.8 million. Readers may be surprised to learn that when putting it all together, in September this number increased to 26.2 million.


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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:18 | 2859155 PrintingPress
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Just printing jobs!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859178 Pool Shark
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Yep, just change the denominator...

[Does this mean we're now counting those people waiting in line for their Obamaphone as "part-time employed"?]



Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:23 | 2859214 spastic_colon
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yes exactly, as well as those hired to protest at rallies, and to stand in line for AAPL toys

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:40 | 2859323 Stock Tips Inve...
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There is no doubt that a decline in unemployment is good for the economy. There is long way to go and many things to fix. The risks and dangers are present tambien.Sin But there is no doubt that the numbers provided are very positive this morning.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:20 | 2859781 hapless
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"There is no doubt that a decline in unemployment is good for the economy."

I believe you are confusing cause and effect here..

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:43 | 2859867 Element
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Show this employment data against income tax receipts and wages data.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 14:42 | 2859914 notbot
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Hey Stock Tips, didn't you already post this comment.  Ctrl C, Ctrl V today?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 14:42 | 2859916 notbot
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Good idea, I'm going to start posting all my comments twice too:


Hey Stock Tips, didn't you already post this comment.  Ctrl C, Ctrl V today?


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 13:02 | 2860104 foodstampbarry
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You believe the data? You're a fucking idiot.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 13:18 | 2860171 Quantum Nucleonics
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Wow, David Axelrod is on ZH!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 13:21 | 2860185 knukles
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(discharged in 1967 under Section 8 for consuming AGent Orange and Sterno)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:21 | 2859185 GetZeeGold
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Part time printers......WANTED!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 10:13 | 2859490 jekyll island
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If you have three of those part time jobs, it is probably close to one full time job.  I am glad Obama pulled this one out.  I wonder why he waited so long to get the economy rolling again, isn't an election right around the corner? 



Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:10 | 2859735 Zap Powerz
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Dey took er jerbs!!!!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:18 | 2859161 Dr. Engali
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Flip them burgers bitchez!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:39 | 2859310 Peter Pan
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So let me get this straight. If 12 million full time jobs were turned into 24 million part time jobs, America would no longer have any unemployment ?

What do they take us for ?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:20 | 2859169 mayhem_korner
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Benny's doin' a heckuva job...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:24 | 2859217 Waterfallsparkles
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Yep, and there goes QE3.  He just hit his target.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:25 | 2859218 spastic_colon
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time to start raising rates!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:20 | 2859170 the 300000000th...
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Part time at 7 eleven =bullish= full blown recovery

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859175 lolmao500
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And is it me or people are already acting like animals in California due to the gas shortage?? Fights breaking everywhere at gas stations and lots of panic buying going on.

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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 10:29 | 2859563 fuu
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Were you around in the 70's with the gas lines? It was everywhere, not just California.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:20 | 2859180 tom a taxpayer
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The October surprise.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859200 lolmao500
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Wait for the November surprise, it'll be even more hilarious.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:20 | 2859183 imapopulistnow
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Data massagers jumped the shark this time.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859198 the not so migh...
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I get that feeling too.  Too obvious.  They are desperate.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:11 | 2859739 Zap Powerz
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Yeah, but how many union thugs were hired at $56/hr to build that ramp used to jump the shark?

Winning!  DUH!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:20 | 2859184 PUD
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Part time workers are eligible for free cell phonez!! I be vote fo Obama!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:21 | 2859186 AC_Doctor
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McDonalds, 7-11 and PayDay Loans part time jobs are booming!  

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 10:16 | 2859499 jekyll island
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Don't forget Starbucks, that is some high quality production there.  My wife paid $4.50 for a pumpkin spice latte.  I think I need me one more of them part time jobs to pay for her coffee habit.  





Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:21 | 2859189 Debtonation
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If we all get 2 jobs it will go negative!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:21 | 2859195 EscapeKey
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Lies, damn lies, and government statistics.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859196 Gilligan4Prez
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Really?  You want me to put that where?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859197 papaswamp
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Check out table B-1 NSA private payrolls contract by 400,000. NSA participation rate drops again. Y/Y Participation rate has dropped dramatically.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859199 max2205
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Retail sock gonna MOVE....  this has to be a top....suck'em in baby

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859203 Waterfallsparkles
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So one Job is now counted as 2 Jobs.  One full time Job lost and 2 part time Jobs to replace the prior 1 Job.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:23 | 2859205 saints51
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service industry FTW!!!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:22 | 2859208 Monetary Lapse ...
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Those folks that have been dropping off their 99 weeks have found it necessary to find some employment.. any employment.  Bullish!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:26 | 2859227 Village Smithy
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Big factor, I agree.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 12:30 | 2860014 Freewheelin Franklin
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And the ones that had been working under the table are now on the books.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 13:21 | 2860187 Raymond K Hessel
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You kinda make sense. Good catch!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:24 | 2859210 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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It don't matter.

Batter up! Pass the popcorn, let's get another beer, yeah!

No one reads the fine print anymore.

Especially those who don't even know who is running for election.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:23 | 2859211 PUD
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:30 | 2859267 taketheredpill
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Canadian numbers were a blowout, +52,100 vs expected +8,500.

But Self-Employed made up 33,800 of these "full-time" spots, so we'll see.  Wages dropped to 3.3% yoy versus 3.8% last month which also feeds into the "employed but crappy wages" theme.

Hard to see how Canada surges from here with Europe imploding, China slowing, US dead in the water, but WTF do I know.

Keep thinking about quitting this business and becoming a landscaper, working outdoors.  Nice.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:24 | 2859220 Village Smithy
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These jobs numbers are so good that I demand Ben Bernanke resign immediately due to his reckless abuse of monetary policy! sarc.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:25 | 2859223 Alex Kintner
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Are we now counting those guys who stand around in front of Home Depot and get hired for a day to rake your leaves?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:25 | 2859224 Cole Younger
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Seasonal workers...Christmas crap has been in stores since Agust..Pretty soon, stores will have christmas crap year round..

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:26 | 2859229 BandGap
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This happened in West Virginia years ago. In order for the state not to have to worst unemployment in the nation the governor hired a shitload of campaign workers for three weeks. It worked! West Virginia soared to 49th in unemployment (thank you Arch Moore) just ahead of Mississippi and Arch won the governor job. Right after the election these "jobs" went away.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:25 | 2859230 Everybodys All ...
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Part time my ass. They made the whole damn thing up.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:26 | 2859233 Vashta Nerada
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What is not mentioned is that these part time jobs are second jobs for people, so they can afford groceries and gasoline.

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