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The Real Employment Situation in America

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 10th, 2014 6:39 AM |

The most recent employment report released this past Friday showed an increase in non-farm payrolls of only 113k jobs but a continued decline in the overall rate of unemployed to 6.6%.

While the growth in jobs is not what we would like, the overall rate of unemployment is not bad by historical measures, right?

To steal a phrase from the inimitable radio host Paul Harvey, “And now, the rest of the story.” (more…)

What is The Real Rate of Unemployment in the United States?

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 13th, 2010 8:06 AM |

Just what is the true rate of unemployment in our country? Our headline U-3 rate is currently 9.5%. Our U-6 rate, more broadly defined, is 16.5%.

Many people are aware of the differences between U-3 and U-6; however, renowned economist John Williams takes our analysis to an entirely new level. Williams is far ahead of the curve in his work.

William is likely not a regular on the Washington cocktail circuit. Why’s that? He goes far deeper in his work and exposes inconsistencies, if not worse, in government statistics. Let’s learn more about Williams and his work at Shadow Government Statistics:>>>> (more…)

Global Confidence Rollercoaster Hits Downdraft

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 10th, 2010 8:28 AM |

Rollercoaster…..!!!

I used the analogy of this amusement ride yesterday to describe our global economy and markets. A day at Six Flags seems far more appealing than the continued twists and turns of our global economy. Today, the riders on our global economic rollercoaster indicate they see further downward motion with hard twists and turns ahead. Bloomberg surveyed close to 2,500 ‘riders’ the first week in February and reports, Global Confidence Ebbs on Concern Budget Gaps Will Hurt Rebound:

Confidence in the world economy dropped in February on concern worsening government finances in some European nations will derail the global recovery, according to a Bloomberg survey of users on six continents.

The Bloomberg Professional Global Confidence Index dropped to 54.9 from 66.6 in January, when the reading was at the highest level since the series began two years ago.

What drove the 20% decline in this reading? In one man’s opinion: (more…)

John Williams Sees Unemployment at 22%

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 8th, 2010 3:15 PM |

What is the real rate of unemployment?

The traditional rate of unemployment, commonly regarded as the U-3, is currently 10%.

Very often, though, we hear reference to the underemployment rate, that is the U-6 rate. The U-6 rate currently sits at 17.3%. This measure encompasses those individuals who desire more hours, are working below their skill set, or are discouraged and have exited the labor pool.

Thanks to SG, I was introduced today to a noted economist who has been tracking an even more encompassing measure of unemployment. Who is this individual? John Williams who operates Shadow Government Statistics.

Walter J. “John” Williams was born in 1949. He received an A.B. in Economics, cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1971, and was awarded a M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1972, where he was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. During his career as a consulting economist, John has worked with individuals as well as Fortune 500 companies.

Williams has developed an even more comprehensive measure of unemployment, known as the SGS Alternate. What does this include? (more…)






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