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One Million People Dropped Out Of Labor Force In April: Participation Rate Plummets To Lowest Since 1978

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And so the BLS is back to its old data fudging, because while the Establishment Survey job number was a whopper, and the biggest monthly addition since January 2012, the Household Survey showed an actual decline of 73K jobs. What is much worse, is that the reason the unemployment rate tumbled is well-known: it was entirely due to the number of Americans dropping out of the labor force. To wit, the labor force participation rate crashed from 63.2% to 62.8%, trying for lowest since January 1978! And why did it crash so much - because the number of people not in the labor force soared to 92 million, the second highest monthly increase ever, or 988K, only 'better' than January 2012 which curiously was the one month when the establishment survey reported a 360K "increase" in jobs. 

End result: the number out of the labor force is now an all time high 92 million, and the labor force tumbled by 800K to 155.4 million from 156.2 million as the delayed effect of the extended jobless benefits ending finally hits. What is most amusing is that the "persons who currently want a job" was unchanged at 6,146K - even the BLS said it was "puzzled why so many unemployed people are not looking for jobs." We have some ideas, and no, they don't include the addition of 234K "birth/death adjustment" jobs.

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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:56 | 4719546 Haus-Targaryen
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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:59 | 4719569 Shocker
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1 Million dropped out of the market, wow that is sad

Job Situation:



Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:00 | 4719573 Haus-Targaryen
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Who cares!?  



Pretty soon they will all be drafted to go fight the Russians and will be employed again. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:04 | 4719605 Xibalba
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even the .01% are blaming the fed "He blamed the expanding inequality between the haves and the have-nots on the effect of the Federal Reserve's stimulus program, which inflated asset values."

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:09 | 4719632 eclectic syncretist
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If this trend continues we'll eventually have 0% unemployment, but no one with a job!  WTF is up with that??!!!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:13 | 4719654 GetZeeGold
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It's hope and change silly.


Too much more of this.....and we're all gonna die.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:18 | 4719681 NoDebt
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I'm sorry, but the enormity of a MILLION people leaving the work force in a single month just hit me.  A MILLION people.

I sure hope every one of those 288K people who got a job enjoy paying for the 4 others they're going to have to carry on their backs.  No doubt all of those 288K jobs are nice 6-figure jobs with bennies, though.  Because if they were mostly McWage jobs, the math might not work out so well. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:23 | 4719715 negative rates
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It's worse than that, it's the underground economy, and they don't pay taxes at all.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:33 | 4719756 Keyser
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And all he talking heads can spew is what a monster 288K number was added to the workforce... Pathetic... 


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:46 | 4719811 MillionDollarBonus_
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This jobs number is just spectacular! Are you serious? 288k JOBS? This is frikin awesome! What a slap in the face for all the naysayers that didn't believe in the recovery! Stocks are soaring, gold and silver have been flushed down the toilet, and every major economic indicator is indicating sunny days for the US economy. If this isn't enough to make ZH cynics and greasy golbugz cry, then I'll be damned.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:54 | 4719837 nope-1004
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Tears of laughter, my blind friend.  1 million.  Wow.  Just 'frikin' wow.



Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:02 | 4719891 Slave
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I know how we can get everybody working the draft and let's go FUCK UP RUSSIA!!!!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:06 | 4719905 toady
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Tune in, turn on, drop out.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:30 | 4720008 Four chan
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santellis jumping around in a cave is a good analogy.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:21 | 4719958 rubiconsolutions
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The BLS and the way they put these bogus numbers out reminds me of what James Angleton, former CIA offical said:

"Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State”

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:20 | 4721159 daveO
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They time the largest phony employment gains with the biggest dropout months. if the market(yea, what market?) was paying attention to this, it wound be down a couple of hundred. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:53 | 4719840 Blano
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Where the hell you been?  I actually miss your schtick.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:54 | 4719847 Haus-Targaryen
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I would love to get a beer with you. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:57 | 4719864 RougeUnderwriter
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Do you work for CNN or MSNBC?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:35 | 4720037 earnyermoney
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MillionDollarBonus_ hmm. That aproximates the earnings of the Nobel Peace Prize. Maybe you're Paul "Freddie" Krugman hidding behind a clever handle. If not, I think you do a bang up job providing insight into the thoughts of that weasel. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:52 | 4720139 Georgia_Boy
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Yeah, my thoughts exactly. What are you all so mad about ... it's all good right? Now that we have the ACA subsidies to add to our other subsidies, more people can choose not to work. Don't be so backwards, it's a good thing. Work to live, not live to work. Turn on the cable, catch up with Facebook, it sure beats going to the office!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:35 | 4719762 old naughty
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Are they trying to smoke us, that outsourcing didn't matter.

Bad to 36 years ago, before outsourcing even started.


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:27 | 4719728 eclectic syncretist
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The writing is on the wall for anyone who cares to read it.  The FedGov is fudging numbers in order to justify a tightening monetary policy.  This will bring the markets down and bolster safe haven investments.  It will hurt a lot of people, as it always has and always will.  But it will line the pockets of the string holders, and that's what our FedGov is all about, after all.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:39 | 4719780 Oh regional Indian
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So Now here is another classification, like the mobile ready wkfc....

The String Pullers and the Bag holders.

And then the Eric Holders but that is a whole 'nother story...


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:10 | 4719921 toady
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I wonder what the unemployment number is for working age, not just those "actively seeking work". It's amazing what they can do with symantics.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:27 | 4719987 Blano
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It's election season already.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:33 | 4719754 what's that smell
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why do you hate the jobless so much?

why don't you go kick the dog for dessert?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:36 | 4719767 GetZeeGold
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Did you get lost on your way to Huffpo?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:36 | 4719769 SWCroaker
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Maybe he hates the situation, for being created by a broken system, one that makes victims of both employeed and unemployeed?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:44 | 4719799 V in PA
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Two weeks and 6 days... I'm going with the HuffPo troll theory.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:54 | 4719843 -.-
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Okay...who the fuck is this emotionally unbalanced yokel? God damn, this site needs a "cleansing" nearly as bad as Christie's colon.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:14 | 4719932 Drifter
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So stop reporting the fake jobs numbers, just report the labor participation number.

Reporting fake fudged fantasy numbers then saying how ridiculous they are is getting a little boring.

While you're at it stop reporting new stock market highs then saying how rigged and manipulated markets are.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:38 | 4720928 SeattleBruce
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While you're at it - don't say anything ever, and shut down ZH, 'cause it's all meaningless!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:22 | 4719706 negative rates
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That's your crazy mind working in overtime.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:31 | 4719748 SoDamnMad
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It's the new math they are teaching in the schools and colleges.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:44 | 4719804 Common_Cents22
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But the 0% will have to pay their fair share!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:39 | 4720058 yogibear
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"but no one with a job! "

Except banksters and those on Wall Street.

Why produce anything anymore? Just print money and hand it to other countries for items. 

The other countries end up with a lot of worthless paper.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 13:49 | 4720985 SeattleBruce
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Til they say, "No moar!", and then the Murikan Dream will be No Moar.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:09 | 4719636 pods
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Of the 280k jobs, 83% are from BD adjustment.

1 million left the labor force.

Participation rate @1978 levels.



Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:25 | 4719720 tarsubil
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You don't get it. This is like if you're a male and the population of men around you starts pairing up with each other. It is easier for you to get a date with a chick. Since fewer people want to work, it is easier to find a job. This is great for our society. Believe me.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30 | 4719746 pods
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My fear is those 1 million still gotta eat and the government seems to print what it needs to feed them.


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:43 | 4719796 tarsubil
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Let them eat fiat! I got it! Chocolate flavored Federal Reserve Notes! Genius!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:46 | 4719810 V in PA
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But Chocolate flavoring has value. Who is gonna pay for that?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:21 | 4719954 tarsubil
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Artificial flavoring made from toxic waste! You'll get paid for disposal/flavoring notes! Win-win!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:53 | 4720153 Overfed
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Hey, it worked for fertilizer companies. They actually get municipalities to pay for their toxic waste flourine compounds and put it in the drinking water.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:00 | 4720181 Georgia_Boy
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Heh, maybe once we can't afford paper anymore, we'll have soylent Federal Reserve notes.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:46 | 4719812 pods
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What about free Candy Crush vouchers?  Farmville credits?

If we keep this up we might get our Chocolate rations increased to 20 grams (from 30 grams).


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:34 | 4719760 what's that smell
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or having sex with pregnant women as a form of birth control.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:47 | 4720113 Blano
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Is that a bad thing?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:28 | 4719731 El Oregonian
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Wow, I'll equate this to the American Motors 1970's Pacer automobile! What!?! you don't remember them? Well, as hideous as they looked back then it's no wonder you'd never want to be forced to revisit those times again.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:04 | 4719609 Headbanger
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Yeah but none of em will pass the physical !

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:00 | 4719639 Haus-Targaryen
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Will the phyiscal be like the ECB stress tests? 

The bar is

|---------------------------------------| high. 

Average is

|-----------------------------------| high.

::Shit, everyone is going to fail.::

Then, 2 weeks before the exam, lower the bar to

|------------------------| high. 


Per new state of the art physical fitness tests, members of the American Military are the most physically fit in the world.  Destroying the evil Communist Russians Soveits will be no problem for out fit young men, women, and its* in uniform. 

(* Please see "67 Facebook Gender Classifications." )


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:07 | 4719630 Two-bits
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Nah, the BLS will merely change the definition of employment.  After the change, collecting a government check will be considered full employment.  Imagine the numbers with that reality.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:02 | 4719592 overmedicatedun...
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just think what the UE rate is when they kill billions of useless eaters off? now they are kind and just ignore that living people are there without jobs, but thru a magic wand wave of no longer seeking work, they no longer exsist...think for now I like this more humane treatment of us common folk.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:41 | 4719784 Eternal Complainer
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Maybe this is what that Ukrainian guy with that long narration was referring to in his article when he mentioned '..Yellowstone could accomplish just what's necessary for the Western oligarchs, a matter he'd discuss another time...'
from the other day

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:05 | 4719614 Stoploss
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Barry Soetoro:

You're Fired..........

Box up you're shit and get the fuck out of the buikding...............

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:12 | 4719650 sodbuster
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He ain't got no shit- it's all shit he got from other folks. He is more worthless than tits on a bull.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:15 | 4719670 GetZeeGold
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5 years in and we still don't really know anything about this guy.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:19 | 4719694 sodbuster
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Thank you MSM for not doing their job. They have their nose so far up Barry's ass, they can't see straight.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:28 | 4719736 BeetleBailey
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Yeah...we do....

that he is a lying cunt bag...for one thing....all you really need to know about Fuckbama.....he's a lying cunt....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:20 | 4719955 corporatewhore
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sometime after Nixon the press lost all their interest in exposing the hypocrisy and lies.  Was it when they were bought by the corporate machines?  I'm not sure.

The media is useless now except for the web.  The matrix is now so interwoven between the politics, the media, the corporates we will all be dead before any fixing can occur if it ever will

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:37 | 4720033 RafterManFMJ
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You know all you need about him.

He's a minority! (1/2)
He has a family! (might be his)
He went to a swell school! (maybe)
He cares about you! (It's evident)
He's American! (maybe)
He likes to bow to foreign leaders, robots, and garden gnomes! (He's humble)
He got great grades! (not released)
He isn't a crack head nor does he ride the 'Horse'! (medical records unreleased)
He loves nature! (married a Yeti)

Etc etc etc.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:45 | 4719805 A Nanny Moose
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You didn't milk that...

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:25 | 4719722 BustainMovealota
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He never should of been "hired" in the first place.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:37 | 4719774 pelican
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Terrific news.  If it wasn't bad enough I was drowning in taxes, now I get to support them also. I wonder when I get thrown into jail for being behind in my taxes that I literally don't have. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:00 | 4719574 y3maxx
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...Are the Men and Women in America's Military part of the "employed"?

just askin

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:41 | 4719637 Cursive
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ETA:  What fucking idiot downvoted that?  Here's your answer:


BLS is unable to quantify the impact of reservists being called to active duty in CES employment figures. In concept, persons on active military duty for the entire survey reference period are not included on employer payrolls. Some reservists hold jobs not covered by the payroll survey — such as the self-employed or those in agriculture — and others may not hold jobs at all. Any reservist who worked for or received pay from their regular employer during the survey reference period is counted on the employer's payroll. If reservists are replaced by new employees on an employer's payroll during the pay period including the 12th of the month, there is no net change in the number of jobs counted. If reservists are not replaced, a net decline in the employer's job count results. If a reservist and a replacement employee for the reservist each worked at any time during the same reference pay period, they are counted as two employees.

Government employment includes only civilian employees. Military personnel on active duty are excluded. Employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency also are excluded.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:51 | 4719834 V in PA
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Maybe it was a vote for 'No' ;)  

You did kind of word it like a survey.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:45 | 4719809 Common_Cents22
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America has been liberated from JOB LOCK!!!!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:57 | 4719860 failure to perform
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This story is being heavily censored. Can't even share it. Keep getting errors and page not found.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:57 | 4719552 So Close
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Soon to be another non-essential, non-tracked, non-reported number except at shadowstats.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:56 | 4719553 fonzannoon
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:12 | 4719653 NoDebt
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Ya know, that may not be the paradise we think it would be.  I just got ass-reamed by the wife for nodding off on the couch while I was supposed to be "watching the kids".  Put me on one of those floating barcaloungers and I may never be awake enough to know I'm even alive.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:24 | 4719717 RSloane
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OMG Wal Mart of the future!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:57 | 4719561 the not so migh...
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they will get the number down to 0% unemployed by the election

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:01 | 4719568 Haus-Targaryen
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nehhhhh ...

We'll have NEGATIVE unemployment, and CNBC will have some idiot talking head describing how dangerous negative unemployment is, and how we need to import more Mexicans ASAP! 

Meanwhile, we'll have Rick Santelli slitting he wrists vertically as he finds it the only way to escape his coworkers.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:09 | 4719633 Carnegie_IB
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CNBC is still on the air? TV is so old fashioned. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:17 | 4719677 Haus-Targaryen
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Given that CNBC is bombarded with these kinds of commercials;

I am convinced that it (CNBC) is targeted at a the elderly who are no longer fit to manage their finances, are scared of the computer, and believe anything said on TV. 


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:15 | 4719669 gatorengineer
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I think you hit it on the head, low unemployment is needed for immigration reform....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:58 | 4719562 thesoothsayer
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Why should I work for $11 an hour when I can get free housing, food stamps and Obamacare?  And, pay no taxes.  I can either be a slave or watch TV all day and drink beer or smoke crack and live off the government.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:59 | 4719575 Winston Churchill
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You make a compelling argument.
This tax donkey is getting tired,where do I sign up ?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:43 | 4719795 eclectic syncretist
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Yeah!  If everyone gets laid off or quits working, then unemployment will plunge to 0%.  Maybe that's the plan.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:50 | 4719827 dontgoforit
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I'd rather eat dirt.  Where's your pride, people?  Man up.  Damn.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:49 | 4720127 RafterManFMJ
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Ultimate fail.

Drink deep the gathering gloom, as darkness spreads in every room.

Look, my Kool-Aide addled friend, you equate slaving away for your master as some sort of moral imperative?

Flush out your headgear new guy.

The very reason this system of debt, death, and slavery continues is simply because everyone refuses to lie down in their traces and refuse to pull the masters' wagons.

Let me illustrate for you, I'd rather eat dirt:

Your job is prison guard and inside the fence are your kids and family, on starvation rations. Your refusal to quit, due to your misguided morals about your 'work' keep the gates manned and your own blood incarcerated and enfeebled - and eventually their kids as well.

Those who fasten a mouth on the tit of Leviathan will do more, in their millions, to hasten its death than the dutiful tax slaves like yourself. Every feeder on the system is a Patriot.

If you work off the books, that's another story but that's not how I read your righteous indignation.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:25 | 4720316 Tall Tom
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When approaching a Yellow Light at an intersection the Driver has but two options. They can depress the Brake Pedal or they can floor the accelerator.


When stomping on the brakes fails to bring the desired affect (stopping the car safely) then it is extremely wise to stomp on the accelerator as to avoid the fatal consequence of a crash.


Well....The brakes on this economy and political system have failed.


What is the driver of the economy, the working class, going to do? Stomp on the brake pedal even more when it does not work? Or will they stomp on the gas?


Your choice.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:29 | 4719739 BustainMovealota
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Employer : Ok, the job offers $12/hr

Applicant: I can't work for you at $1 an hour.

Employer: I don't think you heard me. I said $12/hr

Applicant:  NO , thats $1/hr.  I'm getting $11/hr from welfare.


So thats it in a nutshell!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:47 | 4719813 A Nanny Moose
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Will they have beer at FEMA camps?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:07 | 4719907 Buckaroo Banzai
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Your choice of Natty Light or... Natty Light.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:45 | 4720101 sschu
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Here in Seattle we cannot find any workers for virtually any job.  It used to be we were unable to find good workers, it has now morphed into any workers.

Even for decent wage positions with benefits and upward mobility.  

We are trying to understand what is going on.  Yes, the local economy is doing well, Boeing, Msft, Amazon, Starbucks etal are helping.  But that is not a complete explanation.

My opinion is that the FSA is winning.  War on men?  This is what it looks like.  

Getting out of this hole will take a miracle.


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:54 | 4720155 RafterManFMJ
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I'd panhandle, glean, and sell bodily fluids before I'd move to Seattle. Maybe the reason you cannot attract people to Seattle is because you're in Seattle?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:58 | 4720175 sschu
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You sound like a 49ers fan .... or Broncos.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:01 | 4720187 Overfed
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I live a couple hours away from Seattle, and I cringe every time I have to go to that place. Seattle has to be the most unfriendly, nasty, shitty place in FEMA region X. I hate Seattle.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:11 | 4720246 plane jain
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Could it be that housing costs there are so high that only upper income people can afford to live there?  Not saying you aren't offering decent wages, just saying it is all relative.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:56 | 4720483 sschu
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Yes, the cost of living in Seattle is high.  Housing is a big component of that cost.  There is a move afoot to increase the min wage to $15 / hour.  We will see some change, not sure if it will be $15 next year.  This will not really help the low skill work force.

The City of Seattle has a large immigrant population, many unskilled (but not all).  The schools are attrocious and traffic is a real challenge.    

There are a lot of reasons people are not working in Seattle, but the lack of jobs is not one of these.




Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:58 | 4719564 ...out of space
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another 1M people BTFD so they dont  need for work. its calld welth effect

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:01 | 4719585 d edwards
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There are lies, damned lies, and gov't statistics!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:17 | 4719684 youngman
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Those 1 million who left the workforce are the NEW MIDDLECLASS.....they have no with mom and maybe video games all day and eat...they will until mom and dad die.....then they will live off the inheritance....they will become consumers then...spend that windfall fast....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:25 | 4719724 negative rates
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It was mom and dad who spent that last bid in 3 years, something aint right about her inheritance.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:59 | 4719576 monopoly
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And gold silver bounce back. Maybe the idiots are not as stupid as I thought.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:19 | 4719697 CrimsonAvenger
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Actually, they're much, much stupider than you can imagine.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:59 | 4719577 buzzsaw99
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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:02 | 4719590 buzzsaw99
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THE MSM SPIN: U.S. job growth increased at its fastest pace in more than two years in April and the unemployment rate dived to a 5-1/2 year low of 6.3%... BULLISH!!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:12 | 4719657 TheFourthStooge-ing
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YES! The lower the participation rate, the stronger the recovery!

Think about it. Fewer people participating in the labor force can only mean one of two things: the strong recovery has made these people prosperous enough to retire early, or the strong recovery has made these people prosperous enough that they are raising their kids up with two stay-at-home parents and paying bills with their capital gains.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:54 | 4720144 Frank N. Beans
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or...maybe it means tens of thousands of baby boomers are retiring each month and are no longer counted; how much does that contribute to the lower participation rate? 


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:17 | 4719680 Falconsixone
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The good news is no one's watching.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:02 | 4719595 pods
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GD Creative Mobiles!


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:03 | 4719597 wagthetails
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how else do you goalseek unemployment rate?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:03 | 4719598 Space Animatoltipap
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Please don't be critical of the Orwellian people. Why? Just shut up, work and pay all your taxes, including your "health" tax. And be happy. Always. Because. Your. Are. Living. In. The. US.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:03 | 4719599 Flux
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Face it Tyler, you lost.

Your gold is going nowhere. Even WWIII couldn't budge it. It's just another currency to be manipulated, and in the big scheme of currencies, it's small potatoes.

Got stock?


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:05 | 4719618 Carnegie_IB
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seems there are lots of buyers. 


stock are made for selling. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:19 | 4719679 GetZeeGold
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Printing money can go on for EVA!!!!


I'm going to Zimbabweland!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:07 | 4719627 kliguy38
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yes.... I'm sure those invested in gold are intimidated by a profound post such as yours and are at this very moment quaking in their proverbial boots. I suggest you trot right out and buy some clownazzfiffer stocks like NFLX or AMZN and buy every fochin dip you can.....after all.....daddy's comin'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:11 | 4719647 Bill of Rights
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Funny thing is the Futures are not buying it...Oh and thanks for the Gold sale, in the End I still have real money.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:11 | 4719652 Dr. Engali
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"Good" jobs report = moar taper.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:20 | 4719699 fonzannoon
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This is the ultimate in funny Doc, you know i almost feel bad for this guy Yellen. This long end is fighting the fed bigtime and the fed sees nirp as far as the eye can see. she is going to start having to actually reduce the balance sheet to try to force the long end up. I think it won't be long before Yellen is screaming at Obama to start sending some actual checks to actual people to get things moving.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:31 | 4719737 Dr. Engali
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Banks love that flat yield curve. The Bernank threw one hell of a party and now grandma got stuck with the mess. oh well I hope Zero sends me a bigger check than Bush did. Gold is a little more expensive now then it was back then.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:40 | 4720065 Blano
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"this guy yellen"

Dammit fonz I just wasted some perfectly good coffee.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:04 | 4719607 Carnegie_IB
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why get a job when you can smoke weed all day and still get up to $60k a year in welfare benefits.  

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:04 | 4719610 q99x2
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Hell Ya Homey. You'll never hear me complain about not having work. I've got my FAFSA and my EBT.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:05 | 4719612 Dr. Engali
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Why are so many not looking for jobs? because there aren't any to be had you stupid fucks.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:13 | 4719660 Cursive
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@Dr. Engali

I got a job offer yesterday.  Problem for Obama is that I'd be replacing someone.  The other problem?  I'm probably 3 times more expensive than the current job holder.  No net gain in employment and my employer just took a margin hit.  It's OK, I'll easily save him 3 times my pay after about 3 months....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:15 | 4719671 insanelysane
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Jobs that require work do not fit into the life plans of today's young adults.  

As Colbert said a few years ago, "we need these mexicans to pick our produce because no edumicated American is going to do this back breaking work."  Of course he was applauded for championing illegal immigrants because the sheeple don't want to understand the real message; Americans don't want to do real work and since slavery has been outlawed, you need to let the illegals in.  Somebodies got to pick the cotton, err, I mean strawberries.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:30 | 4719745 edifice
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Millennials and now "Homelanders" (2004-2025?) are becoming little versions of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, from staring into their phones all day. Keeping your neck at that angle creates serious musculoskeletal imbalances in the neck and shoulders.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:40 | 4719782 graneros
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I tell ya Doc, I no longer blame the politicians and gov't "workers" who manipulate, package, and sell this tripe.  All of America's problems rest soley on the shoulders of we the people.  How any large group of so called eductaed people sit by and put up with this crap without going completely postal is truly mind blowing.  It's true many of us have read enough history to know all these tricks have been pulled before (many times) but watching it go down before ones own eyes vs reading about it in books is simply an astonishing thing. Obama has a 41% favorable rating...41%! That is nothing short of astounding. Now a days I look at people much differently than in my youth. I no longer give folks the benefit of the doubt. I just assume they are dumber than a brick and most times I am correct. That fact makes me sad.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:13 | 4719930 lakecity55
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Hey, I would hazard that a "real" poll would show The Queen's actual approval at about 30%.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:23 | 4719967 IridiumRebel
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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:50 | 4720131 sschu
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Sorry, that is not entirely true.

There are jobs, and many will not take them for a variety of reasons.

Also, there is a serious mismatch between skills and applicants.  Low or unskilled labor is getting massacred.  Not surprising given the quality of our education system and the over-supply world-wide of unskilled people.


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:05 | 4719615 Quintus
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In other news, Tractor Production in Siberia is at record highs, comrades.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:09 | 4719638 Goggles Pisano
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+234K jobs on BLS birth death adjustment and 1million dropped out of the labor force........HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN, THE SKIES ABOVE ARE CLEAR AGAIN!!!!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:09 | 4719640 PlusTic
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6.3% is rather hilarious considering the u6 is still 11.8% and the reality is closer to 20%, but feel free to slam the bond mkt...the delusion of the century folks

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:11 | 4719925 lakecity55
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My guess was about 20% actual unemployment.

Central-State planning has destroyed the markets.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:10 | 4719648 Dr. Engali
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Holy crap!. I just got a push notice from CNBS that futures were down due to jobs participation conecern. WTF is up with that? They never look deeper than the headline.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:12 | 4719655 NDXTrader
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No worries...Cramer just said he's "not looking through the number. It's good"

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:13 | 4719662 lordbyroniv
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Thumbs up if you are working 


Down if you are unemployed

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:14 | 4719666 Ness.
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USD/JPY taking control of stocks again.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:16 | 4719673 Matt_Master
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Thats like the population of Australia, the UK and New Zealand out of work...yip green shoots all time

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:16 | 4719675 F em all but 6
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WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? No one needs to work. We can just live off each other and borrow the difference. Long ink and paper. (sarc)

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:26 | 4719726 PR Guy
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It worked in Ireland 2000-2008 - no economy to speak of, just kept on selling houses to each other and living the high life..... unfortunately, reality kicked in in 2008 and most house prices went down by about 75% in a matter of months. FUBAR'd all round.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:50 | 4720133 forwardho
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Your statement is not sarcastic... It is reality.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:17 | 4719685 ssp2s
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Props to Kyle Bass for predicting this and getting the timing correct.  Wonder if any of his other predictions will come true?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:20 | 4719687 Dr. Engali
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Any of you kentucky people get to see the black ops helicopters flying around your area with no lights last night  "keeping you safe"?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:22 | 4719952 IridiumRebel
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my folks live by Lunken....I'll get an update. There all kinds of military and "official" planes and choppers taking off from there. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:25 | 4719978 Edward1290
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northern suburban detroit last nite.........

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:22 | 4719712 BustainMovealota
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All setting up perfectly for the great reset of the USA.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:35 | 4719723 all-priced-in
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The drop in labor force is actually just recognizing the simple fact that -

many folks that have been listed as - unemployed & counted as in the work force - just because they were getting an unemployment check have stopped being counted because  congress didn't extend the unemployment payments.

I wonder how many of the people that have not found a job in the last 6 months while collecting a check - really want a job?


 I am not saying a low participation rate is a good thing - just that these people (many of them) have not been part of the work force for a long time.


Now they can get on disability.




Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:35 | 4719763 eucalyptus
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This has interesting political impications. Low Info Voters see the sham Unemployment rate go down, which helps Obama and Democrats. 

Unemployment rate decrease in part due to Unemployment benefits being stopped.

Will R's see this and turn on UE benefits again for pure political reasons? 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:38 | 4719766 actionjacksonbrownie
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Well lets see...


I don't have a "job", and I don't want a "job". Typical job around here pays $12/hr. Minus taxes/medical/EI... that leaves $9/hr, or $360/week. 2 kids in daycare = $300/week. Transportation = $60/week


Do you any problems with this employment scenario???

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:56 | 4719845 all-priced-in
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I had many people quit their jobs when they lost day care -

maybe grandma decides she is too old to care for 5 grandkids 3 of which are still in diapers  

Mom looks at putting the kids in day care and discovered it will cost her more than she is making.

Do you think I should have said - OH wait - I will raise your pay from $12 up to $40 an hour so you can afford day care?

People make choices - having a child is a big one - having a few kids when you can't afford to even take care of yourself is a financial mistake.   

I have no solution for this situation - but don't see it as an employment problem.  



Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:41 | 4720073 actionjacksonbrownie
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My Grandparents raised 14 children on a single income (with zero social assistance) - obviously not easy, but not impossible.


Now, it is impossible to raise 2 children on a single average income. It is absolutely obvious that average pay cannot remain at $12/hr and still have any kind of sustainable society. But that's okay - who needs sustainable when you have imported slave labour?


thank you .gov for all your endless wisdom


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