As the national unemployment rate remains locked at 10% with another 85,000 jobs lost in December, the Huffington Post today offers analysis that says one in five working-age men continue to be screwed.
According to the report, "Only 80.3% of men ages 25-54 had jobs in December—the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started collecting that data in 1948—at which point the figure was 94.4%. When the recession began in December 2007, less than 13% of men in this age bracket were out of work."
Let's see. Yup, I'm 25-54. Been without a fulltime job for 10 months. I have applied for five jobs over the past seven days. Not a peep from any of 'em... hey, it's me! I'm 1 in 5! I'm a national statistic! Hark!
And yet... the White House, with not a hint of irony, continues to declare the wondrous reawakening of the economy. According to AP, "Real recoveries come in fits and starts, and November was in some sense a start and December was a little bit of a fit," Christina Romer, chair of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, said. "We're starting to see stabilization in employment. Obviously, the next step is job growth; we're thinking we're going to see that by the spring."
That smell? Is that flowers? No, sorry. Bullshit.