For John, BLUF: The real unemployment situation is a hidden volcano, waiting to erupt. Nothing to see here; just move along.
An excerpt from the excerpt below:
is there any labor-related chart that matters any more?That is the question posed and answered by Mr Tyler Durden at the Blog Zero Hedge. He actually provides three charts is his blog post, "698K Native-Born Americans Lost Their Job In August: Why This Suddenly Is The Most Important Jobs Chart". This touches on the point being pounded by Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders.♠ The U-6 unemployment numbers tell us that there are a lot of US Citizens not working, many not even looking for work because they are discouraged workers. Now comes the question of if those workers are being pushed aside by immigrants (legal and illegal).
There are the first three paragraphs. Go to the link for the charts.
After the Fed admitted over a year ago that the US unemployment rate (which in 2012 was supposed to be a rate hike "threshold" once it hit 6.5% and is now at 5.1%) has become irrelevant in a country where a record 94 million people have left the labor force, and with the Fed poised to hike rates even though US hourly wages have not only not increased for the past 7 years, but for the vast majority of the labor force continue to decline, some have asked - is there any labor-related chart that matters any more.We need a national discussion about what is really going on with regard to employment and unemployment.
The answer: a resounding yes, only it is none of the conventional charts that algos and sometimes humans look at.
The one chart that matters more than ever,has little to nothing to do with the Fed's monetary policy, but everything to do with the November 2016 presidential elections in which the topic of immigration, both legal and illegal, is shaping up to be the most rancorous, contentious and divisive.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Mentioning Senator Sanders raises the question of what he is. He is likely a progressive, although he bills himself as a Socialist and is a registered Independent. Yet, he is running for the Democrat Party nomination for President. Which brings up the Chris Matthews question to the Chair of the Democrat National Committee, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, what is the difference between a Socialist and a Democrat.