Real numbers

Here’s a nugget from one of the finance blogs I follow Global Economic Analysis:

The official unemployment rate is 10.0%. However, if you start counting all the people that want a job but gave up, all the people with part-time jobs that want a full-time job, all the people who dropped off the unemployment rolls because their unemployment benefits ran out, etc., you get a closer picture of what the unemployment rate is. That number is in the last row labeled U-6.

It reflects how unemployment feels to the average Joe on the street. U-6 is 17.2%. Both U-6 and U-3 (the so called “official” unemployment number) are poised to rise further although most likely at a slower pace than earlier this year.

That’s right kids – We’ll round it to “one out of six people is feeling the hurt, big time.”

The solution is *not* for bankers to start taking profits again.



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