May 11, 2015

34 percent of Americans financially carry the country: Those not in the labor force hits another record at 93,194,000.

34 percent of Americans financially carry the country

The number of Americans not in the labor force has hit another new record.  The latest figures show that 93,194,000 Americans are not in the labor force.  How big is this figure?  How about the populations of our three most populated states in California, Texas, and Florida combined and you would still need to find millions more.  To be exact, add all three up and you would still need another 8 million people to add up to this figure.  This is about a third of the entire United States that is not in the labor force, and this is excluding the 69 million that can't work (i.e., mostly children).

The trend itself doesn't seem to be letting up.  Plus you have a large number of added jobs coming from low wage employment.  The trend for those not in the labor force is unmistakable:

Not in Labor Force

Another problematic aspect of this transition is that you have 34 percent of the country supporting the rest financially.  Does that come as a shock to you?  I'm sure the media doesn't bother going into this because they are too caught up in the narrative that money is flowing into all corners of the United States.  That is simply not true.  Sure, the stock market is near a peak.  But very few Americans actually own stocks out right.

Take a look at the raw numbers of the entire United States:

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Let us go through the categories one by one:

Government workers:  Government workers are paid via tax revenues collected from the private sector.  While many of these are legitimate jobs, the revenue for paying for these come from tax dollars collected from the private sector.  That is simply a fact.

Not in the labor force:  This is the black box of it all.  These are able-bodied people that can work but choose not to do so.  Some are old and some are in college, but this figure has to be examined closely.  With more Americans going to college and more diving deep into debt, how many in this group should be working but are not?  The growth here is not explained by old age trends or disability growth with the population.  Something else is going on here.

Cannot work:  This group is mainly made up of children so probably needs no further investigation.

Unemployed:  This is the headline calculating group.  These are Americans looking for work but are unable to do so.  We keep hearing how great things are but we have 17 million Americans ready and wanting to work but not being able to do so.

Private sector:  In terms of tax revenues, this is really the group that is supporting the rest of the country.  Their tax revenues fuel and fund the government.  But even their tax revenues are not enough as we go deeper into debt as a country.

Now maybe all of the above doesn't fit in conveniently in a one minute television segment.  But don't you think this is important to think about when one-third of the country is supporting the rest financially?  And isn't it troubling that many new private sector jobs are also in the low wage segment of the economy?

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