873,000 more Americans employed in September? Sure, if you count part-timers

The Left is breathlessly celebrating today’s jobs report that indicates that “total employment” rose 873,000 and unemployment fell to 7.8 percent.

Expected spin based on language in past White House statements:

But what’s really going on here? Some Twitterers argue that most of the 873,000 are employed doing part-time work.

Additionally, the broader U-6 measurement of unemployment remains unchanged at a whopping 14.7 percent.

That paints a much bleaker picture than the context-free numbers being bandied about.


More of that pesky context from AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis:

Doing fine? Obama still isn’t working.

  • Hiraghm

    Hey, I’m a part-time worker who regularly gets over 40 hours a week…

  • $2743723

    Did anyone really expect the Obama admin wouldn’t make sure the jobless numbers fell below 8%. They have politicized every aspect of the Executive Branch. This is still a full percentage point above the highest levels under Bush.

  • irishgirl91

    Don’t worry, if you take part time and add 15hrs per wk., you have France! 35hr work week is the ideal isn’t it?

  • http://twitter.com/Zoeller24 Linda Zoeller

    Employment participation rate did not change, 114000 new jobs, something stinks in this data. Suddenly 600,000 part time jobs? Look deep.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    The BLS has just overtaken the BCS as least trusted organization with initials that include “B” and “S.”

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    Work isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. …or reported to be.

  • Joseph Phillips

    And how many of those 600,000 part-time jobs are one person working two part-time gigs? I know one guy who has a part-time job in DC and does pretty well…

  • stuckinIL4now

    Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers
    — Jack Welch (@jack_welch) October 5, 2012
    Just like Sarah Palin warned us.

  • TocksNedlog

    Can’t wait to see the “revised numbers”. Look for them to be released on Nov. 7th.

  • TocksNedlog

    Hey! If working part-time is good enough for our Commander in Chief then it’s good enough for you!

    • ObamaPelosi

      Except that the president works part-time and gets paid for full-time.

      • kindamara

        And he gets full benefits, housing, an airplane and helicopter, free meals, etc etc

      • kindamara

        And he gets full benefits, housing, an airplane and helicopter, free meals, etc etc

    • Canadian in USA

      Nice one.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    I’m a teenager and I’m worried about finding a job if BHO gets re-elected. I’m afraid I won’t be able to, and won’t be able to save up for even community college. >.<

    • Kevin LaCour

      My daughter graduated last year from Rutgers, June 2011. Worked part time jobs until 3 months ago, finally found a “real” job – administrative assistant. $50K in debt for college loans, $11.25/hr salary. She’ll be out from under that mountain of debt in 2025 …

  • https://twitter.com/Webnetcity webnetcity

    The sheep over at the huffington post are jumping for joy at the news!
    Kool-aid party tonight!

  • Sam

    Watching these Obamazombies cheer on this new report is sickening. If he actually get reelected because of these idiots, I’m not sure what I’ll do. His policies are going to destroy this nation, already have in a lot of ways.

  • TruthSociety

    The report claims 13,000 new Financial jobs and at the same time Bank of America just announced plans to layoff 16,000. Very Fuzzy . So we can assume that it wasn’t BOA hiring.Reply

  • James Atkins

    So…the economy is sputtering for four years, and then as if by magic, last month we have the single greatest decrease in unemployment in that same four years even though nothing has changed? The mind, it boggles.

  • Jo Anne Niedermeier

    Figures really don’t add up…600,000 part time???? More like did you work last week…maybe a day…oh yeah….those day workers…raked a yard…painted a fence, etc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kent.vig Kent Vig

      That was one of the questions in the survey.

      Did you help a family farm or business for free even 1 day last month. TADA…..your employed

  • Paul C.

    This administration will do anything short of murder to get reelected and I’m really not sure about the murder part. Another lie, boy if lies were jobs we would be down to 2% unemployment.

  • Canadian in USA

    I know the Obama loving media will point to 7.8% and say “SEE…SEE…”, but if you’ve lost Jack Welsh and are getting questioned by CNBC (of all people), I don’t think it’s going to work. I think most Americans will see this BS for what it is.

  • Right Wired

    Obama and the Department of Labor are LYING.

    New Jobs Added: 144,000
    Old Unemployment Rate: 8.1
    New Unemployment Rate: 7.8
    Change: .3

    .3 x 144,000 = 43,200 people per .1

    This is means that every tenth of 1 percent of the workforce represents 43,200 people.

    This is means that every 1 percent of the workforce represents 430,200 people.

    This is means that every 10 percent of the workforce represents 4,300,200 people.

    This is means that every 100 percent of the workforce represents 43,300,200 people.

    The bad news? The Department of Labor says the total estimated number of people employed in the civilian workforce: 143,333,000

    The only truth there is that the left is lying.

  • JettieG

    Statistics: Lies, lies and more lies. Solis and her gang sure know how to cook them. Part-timers, back to school, disabilities/welfare…oh, but they specifically asked if these people got a job? Sure. Let’s see the numbers for students starting the new term and the changes in disability/welfare rolls.
    Yes, Ms Solis, I don’t believe you and you may feel insulted again if you wish. The number of businesses who added hires don’t match your numbers — did thousands start their own hot dog stands, house-cleaning or obama campaign button ventures? I’m waiting for just one whistle-blower to sneak out of your department, Ms Obama appointee.

  • Elaine

    Does this include the federal government hiring spree in August, even at the BANKRUPT Post Office?

  • Cruz2016!!!

    Never ending corruption!

  • http://www.facebook.com/daisykh Daisy Kristina Hill

    Hmmmmmm, a jump in part time jobs this time of year…are there any stats out there on how many of those are temporary seasonal hires?

  • chris hasty

    can someone please explain barrymath to me?

    873,000 (biggest increase in 29 years)
    -600,000 (part-time jobs)
    273,000 Fulltime jobs? = 114,000 jobs added?
    somehow that means a .3 drop in the U-rate.
    how many fell out of labor force?
    this is so confusing i don’t know where to begin to try to understand how they got it wrong or right?

    • Terry

      Don’t forget that on average, about 360,000 people per WEEK filed for 1st time unemployment benefits in September. There is no science behind it, its all made up via Seasonal Adjustment and other gimmicks, such as throwing people out of the labor pool (the denominator in the UE equation) . For example, if you are unemployed but haven’t spoken to someone about a job in the past 4 weeks, you’re thrown out of the pool. People leaving the military aren’t counted, and kids who graduated from college but haven’t found a job yet, aren’t either. These people are classified as being “out of the workforce”, along with retirees and the disabled. BLS calls it the Labor Participation Rate. When Obama took office in January 2009, the rate was 65.7 (people who have a job, or spoke with someone about getting a job, in the past 4 weeks) Today the workforce participation rate is only 63.6. The BLS doesn’t count 88.7 million people in their UE calculation. That’s how they get at the U3 unemployment rate of 7.8%. The real unemployment rate, counting everyone who really is unemployed, is the U6, and is currently at 14.7%. (unchanged from August, oddly enough)

  • redheadgrl

    Part-time hiring ramping up in retail getting ready for Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    It’s all about the economy with the people. With a dismal Obama debate and Romney breaking even they need a new LIE. So they use 582,000 part time jobs to rig the numbers.

  • $26594359

    If you believe anything the regime says, I have a coconut ranch in North Dakota for sale… cheap. Nothings changed for the unemployed except for the increase in their numbers, and inflation will gobble up the employed soon enuf…
    preachin to the choir” Suppose Rock & Roll Ladies and Gents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kent.vig Kent Vig


    If you wonder how these people think….This is it.


  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    Of course part time hiring is up. It always goes up in the lead up to Black Friday for the holiday season. But morons forget that. Every year it seems..

    • Terry

      And how many kids leave their part-time summer job to go off to college after Labor day with someone coming behind them to pick up that job? Sad thing is, it used to be high-schoolers getting those jobs, now its adults.

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    Of course part time hiring is up. It always goes up in the lead up to Black Friday for the holiday season. But morons forget that. Every year it seems..

  • nc

    How is it possible that after nearly four years of nearly unchanged percentages, going up or down by .1 if at all, there would suddenly be a .3 drop? And we’re supposed to just accept this? One month before the election?

    God bless Pethokoukis for putting it all in perspective.

  • BeeKaaay

    So let’s see.

    John Doe loses his job 2 years ago and goes on 99 weeks of unemployment. He can’t find a job in his old career field, so he now runs out of unemployment and takes a part-time job at McDonalds to put some food on the table.

    THIS is Obamanomics.

  • Junie3

    BLS stands for a Boat Load of S#*+

  • weref

    New definition of work- reading a book, massage, breathing – unemployment should be 0%!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RAKWIVPLWCD7TPLYLEZID3JQ3U john

    Well at least all the dead folks that have been voting in Chicago all these years finally got jobs.