The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts two surveys each month. One survey is titled “The Current Population Survey” ( CPS ) and this survey is often referred to as the household survey. The second survey has the awesome title of “The Current Employment Statistics Program” ( CES ) and is often referred to as the payroll survey.
Any reasonable, sane, and sensible person would assume that if you do not get a paycheck and you want to work, then you are unemployed. Unfortunately the BLS does not work that way.
The BLS asks a series of questions to 60,000 households and 140,000 businesses each month. Here are a few of the questions: 1) Are you 16 or older? 2) Are you caring for a relative or in some other way unable to work? 3) Are you employed? 4) Have you been out of work for less than four weeks? The list goes on and on!
After the BLS asks a very long list of questions, the agency then spins and manipulates the data. Here is one example. In October/2008, the BLS reported that there were 144,778,000 Americans employed and 10,176,000 Americans unemployed. Adding these two numbers, we obtain a total of 154,953,000. In December/2010, the BLS reported that there were 139,206.000 Americans employed and 14,485,000 unemployed. Adding these two numbers, we obtain 153,690,000. What makes these numbers so strange is that there are less workers in 2010, than in 2008. Yet we know that about 100,000 NEW WORKERS are added to the labor market each month!
The reason that the numbers do not add up is because the BLS has groups labeled ” marginally attached ” and ” discouraged .” The final analysis is that the BLS is free to manipulate the data to suit the Washington, D.C. politicians.
The BLS is full of BS and uses our tax dollars to lie to the American People.
R. Van Conoley