Article continued... The 25% rate is from an annual federal survey last conducted in June 2008, well before the current economic slump added millions
to the "official" unemployment rate of 8.1% for March 6, 2009. The 25% rate is the ratio of healthy American men ages 16-64 not working. This is
misleading because it includes the two million Americans behind bars, while most 16 and 17-year olds remain in school. It also includes millions of
Americans who voluntarily retire before age 65 and house-husbands who care for children while their wife works.
Nevertheless, an honest man would count anyone who would like to work as unemployed. The U.S. Government compiles data on these uncounted
unemployed Americans, but does not mention it in news releases. It can be found in Table A-12 on the Department of Labor's website where it shows an
unemployment rate of 16% for Feb. 2009. It explains why these unemployed Americans are not included in their official unemployment rate:
"Marginally attached workers are persons who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for
a job and have looked for work sometime in the recent past. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related
reason for not looking currently for a job. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work
but have had to settle for a part-time schedule."
In typical government doublespeak, it notes they are not "looking for work" but want work and "have looked for work in the recent past." As a
result, these people who want to work are not counted as unemployed. This 16% figure does not include a few million Americans who excluded by the
survey parameters for these reasons:
# Students seeking work are never counted as unemployed. So anyone taking college classes at night and seeking a full-time day job is not counted as
# Pensioners seeking work are never counted as unemployed. This includes those who receive a minimal monthly pension because they retired early,
often forcibly. Soldiers in the U.S. military can retire with a small pension as young as age 37, yet they must find work to support their family.
However, they are classified as retired and not counted as unemployed.
# Anyone seeking a full-time job who works a few unpaid hours a week at a family farm or small business is not counted as unemployed.
# People seeking their first job, such as recent high school and college graduates, and housewives are excluded. The logic is that since they were
never employed, they are not unemployed.
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