No family member was employed in 16,069,000 U.S. families in 2016, or 19.6 percent of families, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of families with nobody employed increased by roughly 19,000 from 2015 to 2016, although the percentage slightly declined from 19.7 percent to 19.6 percent. For the purpose of the study, the bureau counts a family as households headed by a married couple or by unmarried women or men. The definition includes households with children under 18 years old and households without children. There were 82,092,000 families in the United States in 2016, according
Comments: "lack of job skills"? Well, no. A larger cause is the abundance of entitlement checks.
Umm...is there any other common trait among those families in which not a single person works? Why yes, yes there is, as noted in the statistics farther down in the article. Looks like the federal government is now running the biggest plantation in the world.
Unsurprisingly, between the Democrats destroying our economy (after they took over both Houses in 2007) and Obama´s assuming office in 2009, the highest recent percentage was in 2011. Also, what is the age distribution? Couldn´t a healthy chunk of the families where no member is employed be retirees, a group which as the boomers retire would seem likely to expand? The statistics presented would be more meaningful if it were considering more typically working age Americans. Another question is what percentage of families are entirely comprised of people who have either never had a job or have no history of regular employment. btw, Hispanics are walking right into the welfare trap that has destroyed many millions of Black families since the War on Poverty first began.
And while y´all are indignantly riding your "entitlement" hobby horses around the conservative corral, don´t forget that rather many of us are 70-something year-old baby boomers. We are finally retired, or at least semi-retired, living the good life, wallowing in Social Security luxury. Enjoying the generosity of the dole, lazily drinking our malt liquors, waiting on the front porch for our next free! check. Thanks, y´all! (Don´t believe all the numbers you read. Remember what they say about liars, damned liars, and statistics?)
While I don´t agree with your characterization, #6, the article leaves unclear whether the depressing statistic includes retirees who are enjoying themselves after 40+ years of work and contributing to their current affluence. A more honest assessment would be to know the percentage of under 65s who aren´t working. That number, I suspect, would still be depressing.
I may have missed it, but the statistics don´t seem to break out retirees. In addition, the statistics do not including working off the books, drug dealing, prostitution, other criminal activities. (Up until the Dollar Bill Clinton presidency, the IRS was allowed to do lifestyle audits - that´s how Al Capone went to jail. Those audits were killed by the Clintons)
No the fact that 20 Percent of families do not have anyone working is government welfare programs have made to easy to not have to.
Policymakers do not need to address the "skills gap that is preventing these unemployed families from seizing these available good jobs," they need to drastically cut welfare programs to force them to seek training and enter the workforce.
So boys and girls here´s what we really need to get our arms around:
20% or so (as pointed out undefined contribution from retirees) with no worker likely to vote for more free stuff
20% or close to it (16.7%) of all people who are employed work in government jobs from local to federal. Likely to vote for more government, it´s their trade.
Many others in neither above category do work but are net beneficiaries of wealth redistribution. Without a means of eliminating intersection with the above that´s 47%. Not likely to vote for you and I to keep more of our income.
We have passed a tipping point. The only thing saving us at this juncture is that there´s a reason those of us who pay for all the rest of them have the means to do so and they do not: We get up in the morning and work, and when that´s not enough we work harder. When we hit a bump in the road and are out of work we pick ourselves up go back to school, take a lesser position, do whatever it takes to get back to work.
Those on the dole lack the ambition to do otherwise so we can just barely beat their numbers at the poles. So of course they import more gimmedats.
Apologies to the genuinely needy for whom it is our honor to assist. You are being used as cover for the thieves.
"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." ---George Bernard Shaw
When Hurricane Ike devastated much of East Texas some years ago....I received a letter from the state which confirmed that as small business owner in this area I was entitled to compensation $ because my business could not operate due to the unavailability of lights, gas and all the things needed to run a business. I took this letter down to the local welfare office, as instructed, where I was met with a dozen Black office workers who looked me up and down and told me to take sorry white azz back home cuz they didn´t no nuffin´ ´bout no money for no honkies like me.
I´m no White Supremacist.....but I´m becoming open to the idea.
One more point: many of us "unemployed" contribute by volunteer efforts, working for free in clinics, schools, and museums, building Habitat houses, maintaining historic properties, teaching ESL and GED prep, running summer programs for kids. Some of us work part-time, doing yard work, accounting, baby sitting, housekeeping, free-lance writing and photography, editing, tutoring. We don´t make that enviable list of worthily employed folk. But our efforts add considerably to the weal of the community. Stick that in your statistical pipe and smoke it.
According to the technical notes linked to the article:
"Family A family is a group of two or more persons residing together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption."
That would apparently include retirees.
"Unemployed The unemployed are persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work at that time, and HAD MADE SPECIFIC EFFORTS to find employment sometime during the 4 week period ending with the reference week."
Many retirees have small businesses or part-time jobs. Employment is any paying job with no minimum number of hours, and any small business.
My wife is retired and I haven´t received a W-2 in 15 years. Kids out of the house for 20 years. I have a six figure income while being technically unemployed as I was laid off from my last "real" job even though I never applied for benefits. It would be wise to assess these employment figure with a whole shaker full of salt.
FTA: The presence of children made parents in the family more likely to be active in the labor force. In 2016, 80.4 percent of families with children under 18 years participated in the labor force by holding a job or looking for one, compared with 56.7 percent of families with no child under 18 years.
That´s where they hid the retirees..."households without children," 43.3% not working. I´d hazard to guess not all of that sector are of "working age" (young adults before building a family and career) but are included to make the statistic look worse because we now have a Republican administration.
I am not older than 65 but I am retired from homeschooling my three children through high school. My youngest isn´t employed either. She is a full time student and due to other medical issues and our ability to support her in school, she doesn´t work but attends college all year long. If my husband were to die tomorrow, we would be one of these families since I have medical issues that prevent me from working but don´t receive any governmental assistance. Therefore, they may consider me an able-bodied person, but I am not. Also, since my dh can support us, why does our family employment statistics matter to anyone? Phony stats.
Many of those on welfare are there because it´s more lucrative. We have trained people to think if you are broke, others keep giving you things and the more kids you have the more refunds you will receive. Do better and lose it all. Worse yet, a lot of food handouts are not healthy, so I see why they develop diabetes and high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, whatever is done to correct the problem will throw the disabled and elderly under the bus too. A refugee will receive more SS and benefits (plus money to start a business) than most retirees.
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