With the mainstream media going gaga over the headline unemployment rate of 4.9%, let’s put a spotlight on actual employment with a focus on those aged 25-54.

Age group 25-54 ought to be out of school, not retired, not on disability, and working somewhere. Here are some charts that show what has actually happened.

Core Employment 1950 to Present

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Core Employment Detail

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Core Employment vs. Population

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  • Core employment first surpassed the level we are at today in January of 2000, 16 years ago.
  • Core employment hit a peak in January 2007 at 100.716 million.
  • Today, core employment is 3,133,000 below January 2007.
  • Today, core employment is 796,000 below the level 16 years ago.
  • Today, core population is 5,284,000 above the level 16 years ago

These awful numbers do not account for part-time workers. If you work as little a 1 hour a week selling trinkets on eBay, you are considered “employed”.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock